This is a very informative thread. Thanks very much for the insight thus far.
My girlfriend wants to start the paperwork for her ROC ID when we move to Taiwan next fall, but isn't sure what she is going to be facing when she enters on her overseas ROC passport. I've done a fair amount of research in the "Dual Nationality" forum, but still have some lingering questions. I have the feeling that a visit to the TW government's website would answer a fair amount of these questions, but am on the mainland right now, don't have access to a VPN, and am short on alternatives. Apologies in advance if I've missed the answers to these questions on these websites or on Forumosa.
For starters, my general sense is that those who enter on an overseas Taiwan passport are very limited when it comes to pursuing higher education or work (I'm talking the work that requires you to present your passport and fill out many a form, not the informal tutoring kind of gig ). I'm hoping that someone might be able to offer some insight regarding this and/or paste a link to either a thread or a website with more information. At some point I should be able to get around this firewall...
In regard to establishing residency and pursuing a ROC ID: can someone outside of her nuclear family (grandparents or uncle and aunt [ROC citizens w/ hukous, respectively] who currently live in Taiwan) petition for her residency? This thread (http://forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.php?f=66&t=95347
) suggests no. Additionally, while her parents were married in TW, they never established residency, as they immigrated to the US shortly after they tied the knot. I'm not sure about their Taiwanese hukou status. Could it speed up processing the ROC ID if she were to have said family members petition for her, and could she avoid the year spent waiting in limbo by pursuing this end?
In regarding to studying in Taiwan: My girlfriend wants to either continue studying Chinese or start at a graduate degree program in Taiwan, but wants to avoid having to take an entrance exam (not because she's lazy, but because she wouldn't be up to snuff). That being said, is it possible for her to enter Taiwan on her overseas Taiwan passport and to enroll at a university as a foreigner? Is there perhaps a specific set of rules for overseas ROC nationals who want to come to Taiwan to study? Again, I'm more than happy to pour over a different website if this question has already been answered.
If she is left out in the cold in regards to studying, is it possible for her to apply for work with her American passport if she entered on her Taiwanese passport? I'm assuming that she can't apply for an ARC after having entered with her Taiwanese passport...
As the above shows, there remains a fair amount of questions to be answered here. I'm going to have her get in touch with TECO back in the States; hopefully they will be able to offer an official recommendation. Any other thoughts?