I’ll list a couple questions and provide background information after the questions. Thank you for any info!
1) Will Taiwan grant me a Joining Family Resident Visa with a criminal background?
2a) If I pay to have an Apostille get my FBI check certified by the US State Dept and authenticated by TECRO in DC and send it to me in Taiwan, do I need to have everything translated into Chinese or is English fine?
2b) If I need Chinese translations, can I get certified documents translated here in Taiwan?
I have 3 DUIs from over 12 years ago. Yes, I was a f*cking fool.
Background Info in relation to Taiwan (all of which occurred years after the criminal offenses):
Taiwan Scholarship recipient that granted me a student ARC and resident visa. Got married in Taiwan to a Taiwan resident with household registration (which I am on) and they just transferred my student ARC into a Marriage ARC without any hassle/FBI background check. Studied for a year or 2 and then taught English for 3-4 years. Moved back to the US in 2016 and let my ARC expire (so foolish in hindsight -_-). No criminal record or any record of anything bad happening involving me here in Taiwan (except marriage, lol). Had 3 children in Taiwan, all of which are dual US/TW citizens.
Thinking about moving back to Taiwan. I’m in Taiwan on a changeable visitor visa (visiting or joining family as the purpose of visit). Wondering if it is even possible to get a Joining Family Resident Visa to get a new ARC. I don’t want to pay the $500+ to that Apostille to get my docs certified if I’m going to be denied. I listed my criminal history on every Visa application and have never been denied; however, the laws have changed and I’m unsure if Taiwan will grant my application.
Has anyone gotten a JFRV/ARC without a clean FBI background check?
Thanks for reading through my insecurities and any advice/info is appreciated!