I am an American citizen with a 2 year, multiple entry Taiwan VISA. The VISA is valid for 60 days and then I supposedly can get it extended 2 times (60 more days) before having to leave the country and then I can come right back. My first 60 days expires a few days from now and I went down to the police station to get it extended today and they would not extend it. I have to spend NT$ 8800 for a plane ticket to Hong Kong; I leave at 4:30PM and arrive back in Taipei at 10PM. What sense does this make? I even told the service person at the police station that it is a waste of money and time and he agreed. So, why then is it this way? Nobody could give me an answer to this question. They said I had 6 reasons to choose from for wanting to extend my VISA.
Reason #1: (a) visiting relatives- I don’t have any relatives in Taiwan, but is this actually verified? Can’t I just have one of my Taiwanese friends claim that his grandfather is married to my Aunt in the USA and he’ll show his identification and then i’ll get my extension? (b) marry a Taiwanese girl- This isn’t an option for me because I’m in love with my girlfriend whom is here with me and is suffering the same VISA problems as I am.
Reason #2: Chinese Language Training- This one has been the most recommended reason to choose, even by the Police Stations personnel. It is cheap, flexible class schedules (if you know what I mean) and there is even a school right next door to the police station to conveniently sign up at. Without insulting anybody, I want to choose a good school and go when I want to; not be FORCED to.
Reason #3: Religion- I am still toying around with this one. I am sure I could find some church here that would help me out with the necessary documentation (after a generous donation to the church … of course).
Reason #4: Work Permit- this reason has so much red tape around it that it would take about 25 more pages of typing to explain why this reason is not an option (please refer back to Reason #2 & use some common sense).
Reason #5: Medical treatment- Fortunately, I don’t need to or want to use this as a reason!
Reason #6: Other- I am in favor of this one most. It is open to interpretation. Most of the time, it goes like this; the more money you have, the better it is interpreted.
I was so frustrated with this nonsense, that I got some more background on the Passport/VISA stuff in general: