When I applied for my visitor visa in Los Angeles, I asked for a multiple-entry visa (it seemed only fair since the U.S. gives Taiwanese a 5-year multiple-entry), but they refused. They wanted to give me a single-entry 30-day visa. I begged, and they gave me 60 days and told me I can convert it to a multiple-entry once I get to Taiwan.
Well now I'm here, and when I spoke to the Bureau of Consular Affairs, they said there is no way to convert a single-entry to multiple-entry, and I must leave the country and apply for a new visa (for another US$140!). So was I lied to? I wouldn't doubt it, considering the people at the consulate in L.A. were some of the meanest, least-helpful people I've ever met.
I just don't get it. I like Taiwan, have lots of friends here, and want to be able to pop in when I'm in the neighborhood and hang out. Don't they want all the money I spend on hotels, meals, etc. when I'm here?