So the latest news on my situation is like this: My 365 days of jail time was over and done with on Wednesday past. Off I go to see the friendly folk at the Taoyuan NIA with all the documents I needed according to the list I was given by the HHRO, or so I thought.
First, they wanted to see my spouse's ID and details ( I am single. There is a huge BLANK on my TARC) and this was to set the tone for the rest of the festivities.
Next they had a look at the rental agreement for my flat and the copy that I provided.
Friendly NIA Official: "Uhmmm...we need a letter from your landlady to give permission that you may live there."
Me: "Yes, you have it right there. It is my rental agreement. If you check your records, you will see that I have lived at that address for the past 8 years."
Friendly NIA Official: "No, we need a letter with a stamp."
Me: "OK, so I can get this letter from ANYBODY to give me permission to register at their address?"
Friendly NIA Official: " Yes, anybody."
Off I go, across town, to my friend the doctor to ask him if he could provide me with said letter, as my landlady id son answering any of my calls (later found out she is abroad). Go back again, across town to the NIA office and present my "I give you permission to use my address" letter.
Friendly NIA Officer: "Uhmm...this address is not the same as the address on the contract."
Me: "No, my landlady is not in the country and you said that anyone could give me permission."
Friendly NIA Officer: "But the addresses are not the same. So now I also need a copy of this person's ID, their household registration, or their property tax records."
Me: *cursing her 80 generations worth of ancestors in my mind* "How about I go back to my friend the doctor and get him to sign a fake rental agreement with me? Would that solve the problem?"
Friendly NIA Official: "Sure, you can do that."
By this time the NIA offices were closing, my scooter had broken down next to the road and the Good Doctor was busy seeing patients. Long story short, I went back the next day with a NT$5 rental agreement from a stationery shop for a place I will never live in for a rental of NT$1000 that I will never pay...all fake, smoke and mirrors, but that's OK, it seems.
My final question to this person was, "So, what if this single "foreigner" (who hasn't been a foreigner for more than a year) can't get anyone to provide these things that you are asking for at this point of the game. All he has is his legal and valid rental agreement...what then?" She phoned "HQ" and posed this question. The answer? "You need a letter from your landlord in which they give you permission to use this address."
If they won't give it, I guess you should move around until you get it, go live under a bridge or just fake it, as I did.
Now it is the (hopefully) last bit of waiting 10 to 14 days she said, before I can go and do the ID part at the HHRO. I'm wondering what surprise document requirements awaits on that occasion.
Family register of the landowner and his concubines? Voting records for the previous elections? The mind boggles.
I am "gatvol"!