Ok, then. I’ll just share to you what I did when I was direct-hired from the Philippines.
- Get the list of requirements for resident visa from TECO Philippines. I think this is listed on their website.
- Accomplish all the requirements then submit for processing of your resident visa via same TECO.
- After getting your resident visa from TECO, go to POEA to process your Overseas Employment Certificate or OEC. Check if there have been changes as I know OFWs are now exempt from getting an OEC. POEA will also conduct your PDOS or pre-employment seminar. In any case, they should formally list you as an OFW working in Taiwan under the specific name of your employer. You can eventually change this at any Philippine embassy/TECO overseas if you decide to change jobs abroad.
- Secure OEC, and together with your resident visa and passport, present to Philippine immigration on the date of your departure to Taiwan.
- Present resident visa and passport to immigration in Taiwan.
- Hand over resident visa and passport to your HR. They will process your ARC. If not, then get a list of requirements—usually includes the work permit, a contract of lease (your apartment in Taiwan), and employment certificate—original and a copy.
- ARC processing takes about 14 work days.
You probably want to opt out of #3, but in that case I can’t guarantee that Philippine immigration will let you pass with just a resident visa ESPECIALLY if you tell them you are coming to Taiwan for work. I also can’t assure you that as a Filipino, Taiwan government will allow you to change from tourist visa to resident visa once you are here. Keep in mind that all the requirements needed for a resident visa in the Philippines will probably still be asked of you here when trying to secure your resident visa.
In my case, I’ve been honest with my boss and HR that it will take me 2 months and that I will update them every step of the way. In the end, it worked out for both of us.
This is the ideal way. Now if you do want to get a visitor visa and change that to resident visa here, that’s another thing. I know some people who did that but they were able to do so because they actually graduated from Taiwan as scholars then went on to work here. There are some who used the visitor visa-resident visa route but it’s been 8 or 9 years ago since they did that. And they now have an APRC so they don’t have to worry about the ARC renewals yearly/after 3 years. Well, I guess you can try. Just make sure you have your requirements. But you should also be prepared to be denied a resident visa. I’m just not sure what the repercussions are from the Taiwan gov’t side. Also, if you have a work permit, you can only work for as long as your visitor visa allows you to stay here.
Good luck kabayan! Do keep us posted, if you’re cool with it.