I had a similar situation happen to me recently.
I went to HongKong but they failed to cancel my old visa properly so when I went to change my visa back in the Taiwan Immigration office they wouldn’t do it.
Needless to say I was well put out when they indicated I get back on the plane to HK again.
Just stand there and tell them I did everything I could.
you gotta go buddy
Just stand there.
You have to go to the police station and tell them
Just stand there, dumdedumdedum
There’s nothing we can do for you if you don’t have that shiny stamp
Still standing there, dumdedumdeum queue building
Give it to me, we still might not be able to do anything.
----once they took it off me I knew I was 90% there. In fact according to the laws of the ROC there was no way they could issue me an ARC.
But since they messed up my visa app and I had ‘fallen into the netherworld of a non-standard application process’ I wasn’t going anywhere until somebody bumped me back into their system (For about a month in Taiwan I was a quasi person in between legal and non legal. My passport was so full of stamps and contradictory visas it sent a shudder through any immigration people who opened it!)
All this time I wanted to blow my top but that would have got me zero points. When I insisted very politely and firmly that I needed something done there they finally reached the threshold realization that we can take it off him now or he’ll be a pain in the ass for the next week and that ulcer that they have working for the immigration office will start to play up again.
The moral of the story is check what the hell they are stamping on your passport every time and make sure an old ARC/ MEV is cancelled before applying for a new one. As Bu Lai En said the key is EXTENDABLE. You can ask for a two month visa
but they are very tight arsed about them
(it resulted in a grimace when I asked) and it will surely give you a 1 month EXTENDABLE in HK.
Also having done the dodgy language school thing before it is a useful route, be aware it’s easier to do if you have a MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA first.
Then you only need to extend your visa in the local police station every two months and don’t have to fly out to Hong Kong even once after arrival.
However it is not easy to get them except in your home country, usually you shoud say you have business or list a relative (brother/sister-doesn’t matter if they exist or not) in Taiwan and that’ll swing it. Perhaps Canadians have an easier time with the Multiple Entry Visa application.