So far I have been relatively sheltered from the difficulties in setting up a residence in Taiwan that I have read other people have had. But we have hit our first brick wall in settling here for the long term and I am wondering if it is this hard in other countries (like the US, parts of Europe) to set up residence.
We got one cell phone before the restrictions and our other cell phone because we had a friend who had a friend who worked for the phone company. Our current residence has a sponsor. My measely Visa card had to have a co-signer. My partners mastercard was given to her from her school. The house we want to rent was only presented to us because a friend vouched for our character. Luckily we have 2 phone lines that we can hopefully transfer to our new house rental.
Our current diffculties stem from the inability to secure a short term 6 month loan for $100,000 so I can be more comfortable in buying a car and moving house in the same month. The car which I am largely paying cash for because I thought it might be impossible to get a loan for such a large amount. They won’t even see us because iam a foreigner. If they would look they would see that I have worked for 4 years for one Taiwans best organisations, make a reasonable salary and have always paid my bills on time. They would see that my partner makes a good salary from one the areas best international schools and has worked there for 4 years.
It is distressing that we seem not to be able to do anything in this country without having the help or pull of a local friend. I owe so many favours to friends that I feel I can ask no more.
And to think I was thinking of starting a company here. I don’t know how people do it.
Doesn’t Taiwan value the contribution of skilled people like myself make to the society here? We had hoped to stay on here and raise a family but eventually one needs to stop living like a tourist and start investing in some more firm roots. Is it possible?