the official may refuse to give you another exit permit after seeing you actually live here
Mark Nagel wrote:I found a very detailed article about how Overseas Taiwanese can avoid being drafted here:
"Poagao" (who often writes in these forums) is the only Westerner I know who has become a Taiwanese citizen (because no one else has been willing to give up his/her original citizenship), and in fact, I remember reading at his homepage (here) that in fact, he did serve in the Taiwanese military shortly after he become a Taiwanese citizen.
It seems extremely unfair to me that if someone is born overseas to Taiwanese parents or born in Taiwan but immigrates to another country before his 18th birthday, then he can come to Taiwan as often as he likes and will never get drafted as long as he doesn't overstay his visa. But on the other hand, if a foreigner obtains Taiwanese citizenship, then he gets drafted immediately!
twu026 wrote:Maybe someone who has recently finished their military service can help me out.
I am an expat and I am comtemplating on returning to Taiwan to fulfill my military service. However, I am uncertain of what to expect if I do decide to return and join the military.
Most of my Taiwanese friends here (New Zealand) have no intention of returning to serve their time - they regard it equivalent to a prison sentence. I have also heard some pretty bad stories of discrimination, harassment and abuse of returning expat serving in the military.
Does anyone know the living conditions in the military?
Is harassment, abuse and corruption really as bad as people say it is?
Are things improving?
Any info would be much appreciated.
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