I am changing Chinese schools and will thus need to leave Taiwan to reset my visa (currently Resident w/ ARC). Since I was planning on visiting friends in Australia anyway, I will go there. I guess Sydney is the only city with a Taiwan visa office, so I’ll need to plan that into my trip.
However, I don’t really want to enroll in a new school until I return just in case the whole island has been infected with SARS by that time.
Without school papers I can only get a visitor visa.
My Q is this: how likely is Australia to be stingy and only give me (an American) a short, non-extendable visa? If the answer is “very likely”, I should drop the cash and enroll in the new Chinese school now.