Lag time between applying and receiving ARC


#1

So I decided to switch my multiple-entry visa to an ARC. Kind of regret it now, but what the heck. I turned in my arc application 2 or 3 days before the 60 days ran out on when I had to leave the country. I got the ARC like a week and a half later (about 5 days after my last visa thingy expired). Does this mean I overstayed and need to pay a fine? Where does one go to pay these fines? I don’t want to show up at the airport on the way home in a few weeks and get stuck in some visa mess. Do they take into account the lag time between application and approval? Will this negatively affect me in the future?


#2

I did that once when getting an ARC for work. I didn’t have to pay a fine, but got a “naughty boy” stamp in my passport. This caused me a lot of hassle in HK, but when I explained to the lady at HK immigration that I was in HK to pick up a Taiwan work permit she said “I’ve never heard anything like it” wrote her report and I was on my way. It was MOFA that messed me up and I had to do a lot of too-ing and fro-ing. But no fine. I got my extension/slap on the wrist at the foreign affairs police in Taipei.


#3

The start date of your ARC and multiple re-entry permit sticker should have been backdated by the police to the last valid day of your previous visa. Check again.


#4

nope. nobody bothered to count 60 days from my last entry stamp. the visa wasn’t expiring, i was just near the end of the 60 days when i had to leave the country again. hopefully the people at immigration are just as lazy and don’t bother. :slight_smile:


#5

Then don’t worry about it. If you have a valid ARC, then your re-entry permit is valid. And if that’s valid, then you can come and go as you please.