No, I don’t need the degree to work. I’m just studying Chinese for personal edification.
Now, as to the relationship between when I stop studying Chinese (at one university) and start working at another university. My current visitor-for-the-purpose-of-studying-visa expires October 15. If I understand what the university I’m studying at is saying, once I officially inform them that I don’t want to be a full-time student any longer, they will call the government office, and my visa will be canceled in two weeks. This doesn’t give me and my teaching university enough time to do the paperwork, since according to my teaching university, they can’t start the paperwork until I’m officially withdrawn from my studying university.
I hope this clarifies the problem. If I don’t tell my studying university that I am withdrawing from full-time study, I’m illegal because I’m working on a student visa. My teaching university says they can’t start the paperwork until I do. If I go ahead and tell the university that I’m studying at, I only have two weeks, which unless I and my teaching university set a record, probably won’t be enough time. Is there anyway to not have to leave and come back?
Oh. Groan. I wish so much that Taiwan would clarify its visa system and make it so that 90% of the foreigners 90% of the time don’t have to be working technically illegally. I’m so confused.
Well, I’ll just go have a talk with the good 'ol boys at the FAP tomorrow and see if they can enlighten me. I’ll let ya’ll know what goes on in case someone else is confused on the same issue.