My fiancee and I have been engaged for about 2 years and would like to get married. We are both Australian citizens. I am currently living and working in Taipei and my partner is here on 90 day visa-exempt entry.
We have been looking into what would be the easiest and fastest option to get married without going back to Australia. From what I have read on these forums it seems marriage in Taiwan can be a rather complicated process. From what I understand we would need to obtain single status certificates from Australia, send them to TECO there, then get them approved here and finally get married.
The other option is go to HK and get married, which doesn’t require single status proof. We can get our marriage certificate authenticated at TECO in HK, then have it recognised in Taiwan by BOCA/NIA.
This is my understanding of the process in HK/Taiwan, I may be wrong on some points though!
Once our marriage is recognised in Taiwan I want to get my partner an ARC as a dependent spouse, based on my ARC. How does this work? Is it correct that I need more than 6 months left on my ARC when he applies for the dependent ARC? My current ARC expires in about 8 months, so I am concerned that by the time we are married and recognised in Taiwan it may be too late for him to be eligible for the ARC. Is it possible to apply for an ARC extension on the expiry date of my ARC so that it would he would qualify as a dependent?
Any advice on what would be the fastest way for us to get married and get my partner a dependent ARC would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!