Hello all, I’m new here - I have a situation and would love for any advice. I’m an ABT (no sheng fen zheng) with many relatives in Taipei and have good familiarity with the area. I’ve recently and very hastily accepted a move to a US based company that has an engineering branch in the Taipei area, and while I would officially be based out of the US, I would basically spend the majority of my time in Taiwan (so I guess, similar to an ex-pat, with the monthly flight back to the US for meetings). The company will provide a stipend but I will need to arrange for all of that myself, which includes finding a place, utilities, furniture (well that will be on my dime), etc.
I need to provide the company guidance on how long they need to put me up in an hotel, so I was wondering how long it might take to get all this settled. Basically how long would it take to get all that settled, from landing in Taiwan to getting a rental unit and setting up everything? I can ask for assistance from cousins or staff, but am really not sure what the time frames are like there, and will want to tell the company a reasonable but not too long time that they’ll need to put me up in an hotel.
I also am not sure about possibly visa requirements - the company sends people to Taiwan on short business trips all the time, but I would be opting to stay there considerably longer. The 90 day limit is no problem since I’d be flying back to the USA once a month for meetings, but am wondering if I would need to transition to some work visa or something or if I can just continuously go back and forth and work in Taipei. Also I believe there is the tax issue but since I will be paid in America and won’t exceed whatever time limit for the rest of 2017, that shouldn’t be a problem (although 2018 might be a different story).
For business reasons, this is very rushed so any help/advice would be really appreciated. I’ve done a bunch of reading but much of the info targets actual ex-pats or English teachers, not someone who is “here on a very extended business trip”. Is there anything else I should be aware of? Anyone has done this too with any thing I might not be considering? Thanks for any responses!