So my American roommate has been telling me about his master plan for saving money on visa runs. First, he says he has a 60-day multiple entry visa valid until 2010. He claims that this means that until 2010, he can have an unlimited number of 60-day stays, and all he has to do is leave the country before the 60-day period is up. I was always under the impression that it only means he has until 2010 to use his visa ONCE; and after he enters Taiwan, he can stay for a maximum of 60 days, during which time he can leave and return as many times as he likes. After the 60 day period, he has to apply for a new visa. Which one of us is right?
Also, he has already overstayed his visa by about eight months, because he talked to a police officer who told him that all he has to do is pay a $10,000 fine before he has overstayed by 365 days, and as long as he pays before he leaves Taiwan then it’s no problem. Since he has a multiple-entry visa, he doesn’t even need to worry about re-applying for one, and he can simply hop on a plane to Hong Kong and take the next flight back, then he can overstay his visa for another 364 days and repeat the process until 2010. I’m pretty sure that when he goes in to pay his fine, they will void his visa; or at the least, they will write a note on it stating that he overstayed by 364 days; and when the Taiwanese customs officer sees that, he will deny entry and tell my roommate to take the next flight back to the States.
I guess the real question here is, should I be looking for a new roommate in about four months?