[quote=“derek1978”]Might want to check your information Seeker4, the Seattle office specificaly told me that they do not issue extendable visas for any reason to anyone. All visas (visitor) issued from their ofice are non-extendable.
Can a non-extendable visitor visa for tourism be changed within Taiwan to a visitor visa for studying?[/quote]
Actually I don’t have any information. Just a little experience. Didn’t get my V V in Seattle. Got it in SF about two years ago. At that time, TECO gave me one that had a length of stay of 60 days, but an expiration date of 5 years from issue, as I recall. I did get that one extended at least once within Taiwan at the foreign affairs police station.
I think it was Almas John who said it already that the real answer is, there is no answer. Every place seems to do it differently with each person and with each new day, all loosely surrounding official policy, which itself changes frequently. Phone and email inquiries to TECO never provided consistent info in my case. I got sick of the run-around and went to the TECO in person to get it straightened out. And BTW, I never asked for the 5-year visa. They just gave it to me.
As to your other question, not sure. Visitors visas can be changed into resident visas without leaving Taiwan. You would seem to be changing only the purpose of your visit, not the type of visa. My guess is that once you are inside the country, the purpose of your tourism/visit is of little concern until you reapply for the next visa, and so wouldn’t warrant reissuing the visa midstream.