I married my Taiwanese wife 2 years ago in Hong Kong. After that I got a marriage-based ARC without any problems. As my ARC was only valid for 1 year it expired last year and I didn’t renew it. The reason why I didn’t renew it is that my daughter was also born at that time when my ARC expired and I thought that our family could relocate to my home country Thailand as soon as my daughter got her Thai passport. Another reason is that my old passport expired last year and as I changed my surname from my father’s to my mother’s surname 6 years ago as my mother’s surname sounds much nicer. Therefore my new passport would have my new surname. My old passport I used for another 5 years after my name change until its expiry date in order to save money for a new passport. So I thought that maybe some extra documentation would be needed to renew my ARC. My parents registered their marriage only partially as there were no computers in use when they married they don’t show up as married in current Thai computer databases. So my mother could keep her maiden name like this. If somebody asks my parents if they are married they could still show documents to prove that they are married. So my parents don’t have any problems. But I thought that I could benefit from the fact that they don’t show up as married in computer databases and changed my surname.
So as the Thai passport for my daughter seems to be much more difficult and takes much more time than I thought due to Taiwan’s unclear political status I’m still in Taiwan. Me and my wife contacted the local immigration office in Kinmen about 3 weeks ago to ask if my 180 days visitor visa which is a visa label could be converted into a marriage-based ARC. They initially said that it would be possible. But 1 week ago they called my wife and said that it won’t be possible to convert my visitor visa. The reason is that they won’t accept any name change documents even if they would be correctly legalized by the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Taiwanese embassy (TECO) in Bangkok. They also stated that my name in the Taiwanese household registration can’t be changed. 2 years ago I still had my old passport therefore I married under my old name.
As I can’t get an ARC anymore even though I’m married to a Taiwanese woman and at the moment they don’t allow any tourists in both Thailand and Taiwan this would mean that I would be effectively separated from my family as soon as I would leave Taiwan. As I entered Taiwan on 8 March 2020 I would have to leave on 4 September 2020. Thailand restarts international flights on 1 July 2020 so this means that I would have to go to Thailand into quarantine at the end of my 180 days without any chance to see my family again. I think that it’s a human right that I could stay together with my family and I would like to ask if it’s possible to escalate the refusal to convert my visitor visa into a marriage-based ARC to higher-ups in the Taiwanese immigration office system?