My old employer let me go in June, just a couple months after I received my ARC and work visa. I chose to pay double and get an ARC that was valid for 2 years, instead of the typical 1 year.
My old employer said I’d have to turn in my ARC and Nat’l Health Insurance card to either them or the gov’t. I ended up doing neither, since nobody came a knockin’. Now I have 2 new part time jobs. Both pay me under the table, and neither tax me. As a matter of fact, I’ve never paid tax in Taiwan.
Recently, both of my employers have asked me if I need visa sponsorship. Whichever one did it would have to dock my pay for processing fees and then start to tax me. Both are perfectly content not to sponsor me, since that means less work for them. I can’t do an ARC transfer, since my last employer would have to fill out a form saying they approve of the transfer, and I’m not on speaking terms with them.
Here’s what I’m thinking of doing. I think I’ll tell both my new employers that the other is sponsoring me already, and just hang onto my old ARC, NHIC, and work visa. All of these are still valid to the naked eye, since the date of expiration is in 2005. But I plan to be out of Taiwan for good by 2005, and don’t plan on trying to reenter on the old visa once it’s expired.
Can anyone here anticipate me having any serious border troubles when I exit Taiwan? Will I quite likely pay for my deviant ways, or will they probably jsut give me a quick glance and stamp me out?
If you have a mind to scold me for being an unethical scofflaw, an ungrateful guest in a foreign land, making it hard for the rest of us who play fair, and all that jazz, I’m not listening, so don’t even waste your time. I’ve shelled out tens of thousands of NT altogether to pay for the airplane tickets and processing fees to get the present documents I have, so I don’t feel like being lectured about what I owe this country.
I’m talking on a strictly practical level – assuming I don’t encounter any incidents in Taiwan which would provoke a thorough search into my visa status, how safe am I? Remember this is not Japan or Korea, where Big Brother keeps a steely glare on all foreigners, and illegal stayers run a very real chance of getting, detained, beaten in detention, deported, and banned.