As many of you know I’ve been gathering my necessary documents and I’m on the cusp of applying for ROC naturalization. However, lately I’ve been having second thoughts.
To be clear, yes, I still want to become a Taiwanese citizen, but I’m wondering at the wisdom of doing it right now.
I’m a little worried about deferring it to a later date (3 years if I take a JFRV or APRC) as who knows what can change in three years. The KMT could make changes to the requirements, make it harder or there could be unforeseen difficulties from political change we can’t foresee right now. For that matter, it could become easier, no way of telling really. But it is an issue that is prompting me to just go ahead and do it now while I don’t have any problems.
On the other hand, I need to think of my life here and how best to qualify myself on the road ahead. On an APRC or JFRV I would still be a foreigner and hence able to study for an MBA or other MA degree (with free Chinese classes) over the next two to three years. After which I could still apply for citizenship (unless there have been major changes in legislation which we cannot foresee at present).
However, as a Taiwanese citizen I would have to sit the same entrance examinations, in Chinese, as any other Taiwanese. Which my level of Chinese wouldn’t allow. I’m lower intermediate conversational level, which is all good for chatting with the relatives, colleagues etc, but not much help with anything academic or particularly involved… Also, as a Taiwanese citizen I would have to pay for my own studies (and Chinese classes as my level isn’t good enough IMVHO).
IMO I have at least two years to go to get to a fluent-ish level.
I currently have a four year BA, but I would like to do an MA in Linguistics or Translation in the future. Also, I’d like nothing more than to get out of the Bushiban racket, but as a Taiwanese (no Taiwanese teaching certificate, and my Chinese isn’t good enough to study at an institution like NUTN ).
As a foreigner I could still teach at a private (non-state) elementary, junior high or senior high school.
I guess what I’m saying is that I have everything ready to apply for ROC naturalization, but looking to the future, I’m at a crossroads and not sure if it’s the best thing to do right now. I was hoping to illicit some advise or shared experience form other members on the board over the next week or so.
Any suggestions, ideas or thoughts on the subject would be welcome.