After what amounts more or less to a lifetime of preparation, I’ve built up a small media/electronics enterprise in the UK with the sole intention of taking it to Taiwan.
Right now I’m in the UK. I’ve had a considerable number of meetings with MOEA, spoken to lawyers etc. and have all the FIA/residency shenanigans understood.
To cut a long story short, after hearing various horror stories I was going to pay a lawyer in Taiwan upwards of US$5000 to sort everything out for me. I have no intention of working myself silly just so I can hand $5000+ over to some lawyer. However, I speak Chinese, I’ve sourced all the relevant forms and done a lot of research and to be honest, it looks a lot easier than similar UK processes. I’m now confident I can do it myself but will need to be in Taiwan for a while to sort everything out.
Obviously, until I actually go to Taiwan and get FIA etc. I won’t qualify for a resident visa and will therefore have to enter on a visitor visa. This is where some of you might be able to help… while I know the PARC/ARC/resident visa system inside out, I know squat about visitor visas. From what I can gather, I can apply for a multiple entry visitor visa for business (supported if necessary by MOEA UK) valid for 6 months, intially 60 days extendable twice. Is this correct? I can imagine police departments having a habit of not renewing visitor visas no matter what your circumstances or investment in Taiwan (I do have documentation coming out of my backside). Is this so? If extension is refused, can I just hop to Japan then come straight back? I like having a wide berth for problems and 4-6 months would be good. I do know that UK citizens lack some reciprocal benefits given to US citizens for visitor visas but nothing that seems particularly troublesome.
Whew, sorry about the length but I though some background was required BTW, any recommendations for local lawyers/CPAs would also be appreciated.