For anybody who’s interested…
I went to Chung Hwa Travel in Hong Kong yesterday to apply for a 60-Day EXTENDABLE visa in order to “study Chinese” in Taiwan. They asked for:
A certificate from the school claiming I’m enrolled (it’s a private, government-approved language school, not a University)
A plane ticket out of Taiwan
A financial statement (I had a printout of my American bank credit union balances from the Internet. Sorry, they didn’t tell me how much they were looking for, but I assumed it had to be over $2500USD).
Because I’m American, 920HK$ (about $130USD) for the visa fee and same-day processing.
I got 60 DAYS NON-EXTENDABLE, because I was only signed up for 2 months of classes. Crumbs!!! They said I can TRY to extend it with the foreign affairs police when I enroll for another term of Chinese classes. The people at my Chinese school said it shouldn’t be a problem, but then again, they also said I had a good chance of getting an EXTENDABLE visa.
I hope somebody finds this info useful. E-mail me with any questions.
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