I would like to ask if there is really no way for me to stay longer in Taiwan? I’m the husband of a Taiwanese wife and have a Taiwanese daughter. As international flights in Thailand are starting on 1 July 2020 I won’t be able to extend my stay anymore. Of course Thai-based airlines don’t start flying internationally before 1 September 2020 but from tomorrow on it will be able to fly to Thailand on numerous non-Thai-based airlines. I’m planning to relocate to Thailand with my family so as Thailand allows family members of Thai citizens to fly to Thailand I could go to Thailand with my Taiwanese wife but for my daughter it would be difficult to prove that she’s our daughter unless she would have a Thai passport. Her Thai passport still takes several months to apply. Even if I could manage to bring my daughter to Thailand applying for a Thai passport for her within Thailand would be impossible so I would have to apply for her Thai passport in Taiwan anyway. The local NIA has refused to convert my visitor visa which is a visa label not just a visa-exempt stamp into a resident visa based on marriage as they don’t accept correctly legalized name change documents legalized by the Thai ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Taiwanese embassy (TECO) in Bangkok.
So in August I’m planning to go to Hawaii (or to Palau if flights are restarting until then) and apply for a resident visa at the TECO in Honolulu. My US visa is valid until 2028 so no problem going to Hawaii for me at all. Also unlike in Thailand there is no quarantine in Hawaii but there is still quarantine when going back to Taiwan. That’s why I want to go to Hawaii rather than going back to Thailand. I know that you can always apply for a resident visa based on marriage but they can say that they can’t issue a resident visa but they issue a visitor visa instead. However due to the current coronavirus pandemic I’m not sure if I could go back to Taiwan in order to finish my daughter’s Thai passport application as the TECO can decide if they let me go back to Taiwan or not. You know that staying together with my family is a human right and Taiwan has many visa options for people married to Taiwanese nationals so it seems that Taiwan is supporting this human right in general also. But in my case it seems that Taiwanese authorities don’t take this human right seriously.
So is there any way I could avoid to do a visa run and is there a chance that they won’t issue me a visa/special entry permit in order to go back to Taiwan? I’ve contacted several visa agencies in Taiwan already and they either wrote that they are not able to help or didn’t reply my emails at all. So maybe all visa agencies in Taiwan are useless. Or is there any visa agency much better than all others which I still didn’t contact yet? I’m only asking for help as I don’t want to be separated from my family and please don’t ask how I could register my marriage under my old name as it happened already and it’s digressing from the topic. The topic is how to avoid a visa run for me and and if a visa run is unavoidable if there is a chance that the TECO won’t issue me a new visa for going back to Taiwan.