I realize that it's illegal to work as an international student, but for some reason my teacher, a banker and my aunt (both Taiwanese citizens) tell me I could if i wanted to (and find the right people). My Taiwanese friend also told me he'll hook me up when he arrives back from Canada. I've heard that exploiting loopholes in the law is basically a Taiwanese past time
and I've seen it being successfully done.
I'm an Indonesia Born Chinese, so it'll be easier for me to not get caught I hope, though my Mandarin isn't that good (studying in Tai-Da CLD, 2nd month as of this post). 18 years old, a bit towards the tan side but overall, I'm Chinese looking. I was actually offered to work by a really shady looking Taiwanese, who said I'd be able to help Indonesian maids and such. My aunt who was with me told me that it pays well, but I don't want to go there. Indonesian maids are basically slaves. I'm not a very religious guy but that'll stick to my conscience nevertheless.
The two other options (my aunt suggested this, she doesn't seem to know that the law preventing me from working exists or she thinks no one will check) is teaching English or teaching guitar. English is essentially my first language now, and I've had 3 years of guitar playing, and I'd say I'm good enough to teach it. English is a whole different ball game, but I've taught Indonesians before during my internship. 2 weeks of intensive grammar and pronunciation, all improvised. I honestly do not know what resulted from that, since they rarely ever speak English in Indonesia, but in the class they seemed to learn a lot. I know I won't be a Teacher, but Teacher Assistant? Why not right?
So as a completely hypothetical question, if the situation arises that I don't have enough cash to pay my rent and am too embarrased to ask my dad for it
would it be possible to slip under the radar? Has anyone ever tried? Do employers generally ignore you completely if you don't have a work permit?
Again, completely hypothetical...