Hi, my wife and I will be coming to Taiwan in a couple of weeks to look for work teaching english and I am trying to get an idea of what hoops we will have to jump through when we get there. Our circumstances are as follows. I’m canadian with a BA and thus able to work legally and my wife is Dutch, Blonde, has an MA and a canadian accent, so can’t work legally but shouldn’t have trouble finding work. We are flying from europe on a 3 week return ticket and not using the return portion of the ticket as we don’t want to return to europe after taiwan and will probably stay longer than a year. What I understand to be the procedure is:
- We will be issued a 30 day tourist visa upon landing (we looked at getting a 60 day visa before coming, but to do so needs a return ticket longer than 30 days, which will cost us more than what we have plus doing a visa run to HK) If we say we are planning on studying chinese when we land will we be able to get a visa extension without leaving the country?
- After the 30 days we will have to go on visa/ARC run to HK. However I have no clue about the details of this. Also my wife will probably be going the student route in order to stay, what will she have to do after landing?
Also, we won’t have a ticket out of taiwan after our ticket runs out, will this cause problems when we go on a visa run? Will we have to book something before we go on a visa run? (is it possible to buy fully refundable tickets for this purpose)
Can someone please clarify what we should be expecting or point us somewhere that will. I’ve also read that there are new ARC procedures as of oct 1. I have been reading other posts about visa’s on here as well as eslcafe.com but still don’t have a clear picture of what to expect. I have the feeling that it is different for everyone and we have to figure it out after we arrive. A bit of a clear idea would be nice though, any help would be greatly appreciated.
P.S. Does anyone know if it is possible to simply overstay your visa and what the consequences of this would be? (not that we’re seriously considering it as an option)