kaikai34 wrote:jhsu009 : If you were born before 1984? you can leave the country every 4 months to avoid the draft. Born after, you cannot stay for more than x amount of days ( I really can't remember the specific number). You say you're 22? If you plan to stay here long term, just join the army. They will give you a cushy job teaching English to underprivileged kids. I think it'll be a little over a year. I think you only need a local police report, unless they've changed the rules in the past 5 years.
You will enter on your Taiwanese passport and you will get a temporary ARC, so you would not be overstaying. Also, you can't get drafted until AFTER you get your ID card, so the year that you're here establishing residency doesn't count. You're buddy has to go to the Immigration offices and get that piece of paper that lists everything he needs. He needs to get everything on that list and stamped at the TECO office in the states and it all has to be done within 3 months. It was a BITCH getting it done.
kaikai34 wrote:tyang: I'm not really sure I understand your situation. You have a green passport right? If it's an overseas one, then there shouldn't be an ID number in it, only a passport number. If I remember correctly, they don't start counting until after you get your ID card. I think they COULD, but they don't. It's been years since I did mine and I can't really remember the details. I was born pre 1984 too, so I left the country every 4 months. This may not be an option for you. If you plan to stay here long term and/or need an ID the year of military service ain't all that bad for ABC's from what I hear. You need to get yourself over to the Immigration place on Guang Zhou Rd on the west side (I'm assuming you're in Taipei). Go downstairs and ask them what you need. Then go to your local household registration office and they should have a military service floor and you need to talk to them. Find out what the steps are and which documents are needed. Remember the person you spoke with because different people tell you different things. I know, it's fucked up. I had to do the process 3 times. It took 2 years for me to establish residency. Once you find someone nice and patient, go to that person every time you go in, so you won't get the runaround.
As for your elementary school time here, I don't think that counts as residency. I did a semester of 3rd grade here too, and they just enrolled me. I didn't even have a Taiwanese passport at that time.
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