This is a complicated question, and I’m not sure who to ask, but I’m sure someone out there knows the answer.
I lived in Taiwan and had an ARC for purposes of teaching English from 97-99. In spring of 99 I was unofficially kicked out by police who raided my school because of a technicality concerning the name of the school on my ARC. Until that point I had no idea there was anything wrong with my visa/work permit.
I have spent the last two years back in the US getting a Masters in Education, and would like to return to Taiwan to teach and study Mandarin for maybe 6 months to a year. I am trying to figure out the surest way to get a visa, preferably a 60 day renewable one. I would like to avoid either being denied or given a non-extendable visa which would require me to fly back and forth to Hong Kong for new ones.
Here are my questions:
I am concerned that since I have an old multiple reentry stamp in my passport, which is proof of having taught in Taiwan, I might get rejected entirely by my local Taiwanese visa office. Would it help to get a new passport?
If I apply to study at a school such as NTNU beforehand, can I submit the acceptance letter with my visa application and would this help me to get a 60 day renewable visa?
What types/lengths of visas are Americans typically getting these days?
Any other suggestions for how to get a decent visa that will guarantee I am able to remain in Taiwan for 6 months to a year to study/work?