Visa from Japan as a US citizen

:unamused: Hey, I have a dilemma for whomever feels like entertaining me with their wisdom. TECO (Osaka, Japan office) told me today that I would need to show a round-trip plane ticket in order to process my visa application–I’m looking for a 60 or 90-day visitor’s visa, enough time to find an amployer to sponsor me. I do not have an employer (yet) in Taiwan already preparing my ARC. A visa, by the way, is $110 U.S. (12,000 yen). :arrow_right: Any other good ideas on how to get out of purchasing a round-trip ticket?

:arrow_right: Is entering with a one-way ticket on a regular 30-day visa a bad idea? A friend in Taipei got in that way but isn’t there a safer way? Seems like a crap shoot.

I do like gambling though…

Thanks!
Jody

If you don’t have a visa or a ticket out of Taiwan, the airline won’t want to let you on the plane. Buy a ticket from Taiwan to HK (or Japan - might be cheaper there), and then cancel it when you get back. It’ll probably cots you about 1000 NT in cancellation fees.

brian

Dirty pool old man, no reason the old lady should be out of $1000NT when for under $300NT she can buy then return/refund a ticket from China airlines(buy it directly from them for HK). Personally I use the whole school thing for visas to avoid the hassle.

Go to CLI, get your school papers and then apply for a 60 day to study Chinese. If you find an employer in those 60 days then you’re home free, otherwise you have to use the whole round ticket thing which is cheaper, actually now that I think about it. I would go with the round ticket because it gives you more leeway for a lot less money.

Good luck and CHina Airlines main office is on Nanjing Rd near Nanjing MRT station

CYA
Okami

Is that a specific rule concerning Japan? When I came to Taiwan, I had a one way ticket in and a visitor visa. Eva let me on the plane and Taiwanese authorities let me in the country. This was from the USA.

Difference being that you had a visa that time. the airlines don’t want to let you on if they think immigration might turn you away, so you have to have a visa. Some places also make you show a return ticket to GET the visa.

Brian

:mrgreen: Thanks for all the advice!! I’ve thought about signing up for classes with CLI but am planning on living in Taichung. How’s attendance? I’ve read on this web site and others about schools in Taichung offering classes, but the consensus seems to be that attendance is fairly strict at the 4 schools I read about (i can’t recall which ones at the moment).

:?: How about entering with a round-trip ticket and just not using the “return” part of it? What are the chances that the airlines will report it to immigration?

:bulb: Since 30-day visitor’s visas are granted automatically now (i was just in taiwan a few weeks ago), it would give me enough time to either sign up for classes and make a visa run, or find a job and make a visa run. :?: Is this accurate? …That’s if I can get into the country at all :?

To clear things up…in order to obtain a visa longer than 30 days (ie. 60-day, 90-day) from Japan to Taiwan, TECO in Osaka requires proof of a round-trip ticket as part of the application process and it costs about $110 US (12,000 yen).

Thank you thank you for any and all info you’ve got!!

[quote]How about entering with a round-trip ticket and just not using the “return” part of it? What are the chances that the airlines will report it to immigration?

Since 30-day visitor’s visas are granted automatically now (I was just in Taiwan a few weeks ago), it would give me enough time to either sign up for classes and make a visa run, or find a job and make a visa run. Is this accurate? …That’s if I can get into the country at all

To clear things up…in order to obtain a visa longer than 30 days (ie. 60-day, 90-day) from Japan to Taiwan, TECO in Osaka requires proof of a round-trip ticket as part of the application process and it costs about $110 US (12,000 yen).
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I strongly recommend you get the return trip ticket and get a 60 day visa, otherwise you will have to leave after 30 days whether you take classes or get a work visa.

Brian

And how risky is it to come over on a round-trip ticket and not return?

Jody - If you are an American, you will want to avoid the Feng Chia University Language Center. The director there is an anti-American Belgian. Dong Hai is quite good, but it is further out from the city. Providence is actually in Taichung County. CLI is closer to downtown and in a very active are with students from local high schools and colleges. There is also a wonderful night market (which actually starts a little after noon) where you will never go hungry.

Arigatou everyone!! :wink:

In the past I have bought a full fare ticket one-way ticket TPE-HKG direct from Cathay which is instantly refundable, minus a few NT. Make sure you buy the full fare ticket at the office in Taipei, and they can refund cash. (Basically what Brian said) I think I paid around NT$8k, and it cost 200NT to refund. Show this ticket to the chaps in Osaka.

Thanks for the pearls…they go a long way. :wink:

I don’t think I was clear in my initial question. I am not in Taiwan yet and am in the process of finalizing things here in Japan (where I’ve been living for the past 2 years) to move to that little island called Formosa. I’m wondering the best way to get into the country ONLY in regards to plane tickets (i’ll worry about visa runs once i get there). The reason I ask is because a one-way ticket from Osaka to Taipei costs about $750US and a round-trip costs $350US. Obviously, the round-trip is a money-saver and I would rather purchase the cheaper ticket, of course. But will they hunt me down if i don’t use the ‘return’ portion of the ticket (ie. not return to japan/stay in taiwan) :?:

Anyone have any insight or experience with this?
Thanks!

No.

OK! on my way to formosa then! :mrgreen:
Thank you!