First of all, let me say I’m so grateful for the wealth of information on this board, but despite having the same questions of half the people here, I’m not clear on visa protocol.
I’m planning on going to Taiwan to teach English very soon, but I am concerned with what I must do to reside legally in the country for more than 30 days. The two times I have been to Taiwan before, I had a 30 day tourist visa which suited me fine. However, I understand that if I’m working at an accredited school, then I must get a work permit (this is the “ARC” correct?). I am concerned about what sort of return ticket I will be required to show upon arriving in Taipei (what if I fly 1-way?), and what a DECLARATION of intention to work will mean at customs. Do I take my 30-day tourist visa and figure it out when I get there? Am I foolish to not have an employer lined up beforehand (aside from an inbox full of job offers)? What sort of difficulties, and legal RESPONSIBILITIES would I have, if the plan is to arrive and figure it out from there. I want to work for 1 year, but flexibility is very important to me. I don’t want to be deported, or waste money on plane tickets that I may not want to use. I also am not trying to defraud anyone, and I want to do it straight… I’m just not sure what is being asked of me by the government. Is there a way I can be sure of leaving the airport knowing I can stay for more than 30 days?
I would hope I can: Get a 30 visa, and find an employer to get my employment-visa paperwork during those 30 days that would make me set for my year of employment. However I seriously doubt it could be that simple, never mind that I’ll need to find some roomates and a place to live.
Answers to any of these questions would be greatly appreciated, thanks!