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Will I get conscripted...??

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Will I get conscripted...??

Postby Ronnicus » 07 Apr 2011, 01:50

I was born in Taiwan but I moved to the US when I was only 4- I am almost 17 now. I have visited occasionally when I was young, but my last visit was in 2006. My parents say that I'm of draft age, so I'm sort of worried about returning this summer. I'm not a ROC citizen- my dad wants to get me an ID card when I return this summer (I do have a ROC passport). I'm a US citizen with a US passport. My dad says he will try to get me an overseas chinese stamp soon. If I return for 3 months or so, will I get drafted by the Taiwanese military? Please help me understand my situation; I have to attend college after high school so I cannot serve in the military for 2 years.
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Re: Will I get conscripted...??

Postby Satellite TV » 07 Apr 2011, 04:47

[quote="Ronnicus"]I was born in Taiwan but I moved to the US when I was only 4- I am almost 17 now. I have visited occasionally when I was young, but my last visit was in 2006. My parents say that I'm of draft age, so I'm sort of worried about returning this summer. I'm not a ROC citizen- my dad wants to get me an ID card when I return this summer (I do have a ROC passport). I'm a US citizen with a US passport. My dad says he will try to get me an overseas chinese stamp soon. If I return for 3 months or so, will I get drafted by the Taiwanese military? Please help me understand my situation; I have to attend college after high school so I cannot serve in the military for 2 years.[/quote]


Yes you are a Taiwan Citizen, ask TECO in your country about the OVerseas Chinese status before you arrive in Taiwan. You were born here and have an ID number, even if you don't have an ID card in your posession.

Military services is now only 14 months I believe. Not too long wouldn't ruin your life :lick:
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Re: Will I get conscripted...??

Postby Ronnicus » 07 Apr 2011, 10:22

I was hoping to maybe wait a couple years before I join the military. Are you sure I would be conscripted even if I have overseas chinese status?
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Re: Will I get conscripted...??

Postby ch3nius » 07 Apr 2011, 13:08

If you have an American passport...then don't use your ROC passport to enter Taiwan.
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Re: Will I get conscripted...??

Postby ch3nius » 09 Apr 2011, 23:46

Actually the military term is only 12 months....I served (last year) 365 days and it wasn't THAT bad.
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Re: Will I get conscripted...??

Postby Tony the Tiger » 10 Apr 2011, 03:38

If you are just coming for a short visit, you will not be drafted.
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Re: Will I get conscripted...??

Postby iix23 » 10 Apr 2011, 05:04

the law is clear. Just leave Taiwan for a a 1 day trip every 119 days and then you don't have to be in the military. My business partner has been doing this for 5 years.
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Re: Will I get conscripted...??

Postby Tony the Tiger » 10 Apr 2011, 15:29

iix23 wrote:the law is clear. Just leave Taiwan for a a 1 day trip every 119 days and then you don't have to be in the military. My business partner has been doing this for 5 years.


That only works for people who were born before 1985. The op is 17 years old.
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Re: Will I get conscripted...??

Postby Satellite TV » 10 Apr 2011, 22:18

iix23 wrote:the law is clear. Just leave Taiwan for a a 1 day trip every 119 days and then you don't have to be in the military. My business partner has been doing this for 5 years.



SO your business partner works here as an illegal? :roflmao:
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Re: Will I get conscripted...??

Postby twjl » 12 Apr 2011, 17:53

Satellite TV wrote:SO your business partner works here as an illegal? :roflmao:


If I understand him correctly, his business partner is a Taiwanese citizen so he can work legally with no problems right? He just has to leave every 4 months to avoid being drafted.

Ronnicus wrote:If I return for 3 months or so, will I get drafted by the Taiwanese military? Please help me understand my situation; I have to attend college after high school so I cannot serve in the military for 2 years.


Do you have to get your Taiwan ID card this time? And do you have to stay for 3 months?

If you're just coming for a visit, I would recommend just using your US passport and getting the 2-month visitor's visa.

Or else there are a lot of steps to follow and they're kinda tedious. Here's a good starting guide: http://rocguide.blogspot.com/

Next you'll want to contact BOTH TECO in the US and OCAC in Taiwan to double-check your situation. It's a pain and so if you can avoid it then do so.
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