another question re: visas
ive been studying chinese at shida on a visitor visa off and on for the past year. i’m back in the states this summer and am re-applying for a visa. the people at the teco in kansas city have told me that i may as well apply for a resident visa (and get an ARC within 15 days of arrival) if i am planning to study in taiwan for more than 6 months.
this sounds grand, as living in taiwan on a visitor visa is ok but i’d love to get an ARC. however, why is it that nobody else seems to do this–apply for a resident visa as a student right away?
all my fellow students seemed to have come on visitor visas as well and then after 4 months of study applied for an ARC. is this because shida quarters are only 3 months long and therefore teco generally only grants 60 day extendable visitor visas to shida students? that seems like a silly reason? that, or ive always been under the impression that resident visas are difficult to get, both in taiwan and outside of taiwan. maybe i’m wrong…
will kansas city teco really just give me a resident visa if i jump thru all the hoops of criminal record and health certification, notarization etc? i want to know that the extra work and $ will really get me the resident visa and ARC.
does anyone have any insight on this? please help! need to take care of my visa stuff asap.