OK, here’s my situation. (Yes, I searched the archives, and found lots of helpful info, but I’m still looking for some more answers.)
I’m an American who came here on a 60-day non-extendable visa on August 20th. I’ve been working with this school in Yilan county that opened literally just a month ago. Hence they don’t have the official permits to give me a work permit/ARC yet. I’ve signed a contract with them and things have been all hunky dory so far, but I’m still techincally here only on a visitor’s visa.
Since my visa is set to expire in about a week and a half, it looks like I’ll be heading for HK to get another 60 day visitor’s visa. (Is there any way around that? I haven’t even done the first step of the ARC application process yet.)
Do I need to bring the same stuff that I used to apply for that visa at the TECO in the States i.e. passport, return ticket, proof of $x thousand in my bank account, statement of my intent for going to Taiwan? Will it cost me (as an American) $US100 like it did at the TECO?
Should I tell them now that I have a signed contract with this school? Or do I have to bullshit again about going to study Chinese?
Do I still need a return ticket when it’s obvious that I’m going to apply for a year-long work permit? I still have a return ticket to the States that’s dated Oct 12th. I guess in theory I could change the date, though there’d be a fee for that. Or I could just buy another ticket to HK (in addition to my ticket to and from HK).