Working Permit + Change of Visa Status

Ok. So I don’t know if I’m a retard or what, I just wanted to see if anyone else has had the same issues as me. I’m new to working in Taiwan, and it is the first time my company has applied for a working visa for an international employee. So I guess I was the lab rat. The working permit came through, and our secretary called up and asked if there was anything else we needed to do, they said “no”. So I happily stayed in the country and didn’t do anything further. Last week I was about to go back to New Zealand and was stopped at the airport. Apparently I had to change my Visa status after I receive my working permit, which i didn’t do (or know about) and my visa expired for more than 90 days. So now I am about to be banned from Taiwan for 1 year.

I was just wondering if this has happened to anyone else before? Because for the other working visas I have applied for in other countries, they ask for your passport and do it all for you, if not they attach a cover letter telling you what you need to do next.

I find this rather ridiculous really, they still taxed me and everything but never told me that I have to change my status, oh wait. They did. they wrote it in the conditions of my work permit in LAW language. It gets funnier because we applied for an extension and they still passed it. Do these government departments not make any contact with one another?