I have read on this website and elsewhere that there is a list of countries, approved by the Taiwanese Government, from which English teachers must come in order to be able to work legally in Taiwan. At first glance that seems like a reasonable and clear requirement.
In reality, life is not always that simple. I was born, raised and educated up to Master’s Degree level in the United States. So far so good. As an adult, however, I emigrated from the United States to another (minor) English speaking country that is NOT on Taiwan’s approved list.
I have read in one place that a person must “come from” one of the approved countries. Well, I do. But I have read elsewhere that in order to teach here, one must have a passport from one of the approved countries. I don’t - anymore - although my place of birth (the U.S.) is mentioned on my current passport.
So which is it? Does emigrating from an approved country to one that is not approved, in spite of the fact that I am a native speaker FROM an approved country - with an MBA - render me ineligible to teach English in Taiwan?
I called the head office of a major English language school in Taipei today and asked this question. The lady I spoke to told me that they have never had such a situation and she didn’t know the answer to the question - but suggested that I have nothing to lose by trying. Well, I’m afraid that’s not going to be good enough for me. Before I apply for English teaching jobs in Taiwan, I want to know beforehand if I’m eligible to teach here.
Does anybody have any insight into this rather unusual situation? Thanks in advance.