So backstory, I want to learn Mandarin, so I signed up for NTNU - Mandarin Training Center, received my admission letter etc, class start date set on Dec 2nd.
I went to the NYC TECO and submitted all paperwork for a visitor visa, but the receptionist told me the supervisor rejected the application and didn’t give me any reason. (This was after I submitted everything including the $160 USD). She specifically told me “no reason was given by my supervisor.” All my paperwork was in order, no criminal record, good finances, etc. so now I have this big question mark over my head.
Sidenote: I suspect it may have something to do with my mainland Chinese visa and stamps into that country, also I found some horror stories on Google/Yelp about this consulate, such as arbitrarily rejected visas and destroyed documents etc. similar to my story.
Anyway, what’s next from here? I still want to get a visitor visa, with the hope of one day upgrading it to a resident visa, but it bothers me I wasn’t given a reason.
I read somewhere that the consulates in Washington DC or Hong Kong are much more relaxed.
It’s possible to attend MTC without a visa, just by leaving/coming back to Taiwan every 90 days, but for obvious reasons I’d rather avoid this. My long term goal is to eventually work to a resident visa, and for that I need a 4 months uninterrupted stay (a lack of visitor visa caps me at 3 months). I am in my late 30’s and have a $3k USD/mo retirement income.
I am looking for feedback on two possible options:
Washington DC TECO: is it possible for me to try again here, even if I don’t fall into this jurisdiction?
Hong Kong TECO: Same as above. I land in Taiwan two weeks before my classes start, so I can potentially make a quick run to Hong Kong and try my luck there, for the sole purpose of expediting a visitor visa to Taiwan.
Are either of these feasible, and if so, which one has higher chance of success? Other options include trying in mainland China, or the Philippines, but I don’t know which one is best.