I am a Canadian citizen that has been living in Taiwan for the past years, and throughout that time have possessed a valid resident visa and ARC. My current ARC will expire on July 29, but I have been accepted at NTHU as a Master’s student, and will begin full-time classes in September.
I have found out that in order to obtain a student visa, I need to physically leave Taiwan and apply for it abroad, which seems completely counter-productive.
I have three questions:
If I leave Taiwan on the 29th, do I apply for a student visa or a visitor visa?
If I renew my ARC and continue working, can I legally be enrolled at a university? A friend informed me that you can’t work on a student visa, but can study on a work visa.
If I apply for permanent residency (I meet the qualifications), can I work and study legally?
I am hoping someone can assist me. Any of the government agencies that I have contacted have been of little help, as has my university.