penalty for overstaying ?

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penalty for overstaying ?

Postby RynoCeros » 12 Apr 2012, 01:14

anyone up to speed on what the penalty is for overstaying a visa ? is there a per day charge, or something like that ? dont see anything on Immigration's website addressing this, but someone told me there may be a $xx per day charge levied at the airport. any ideas ? links ?

Thanks for any assistance out there.
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Re: penalty for overstaying ?

Postby tommy525 » 12 Apr 2012, 01:16

RynoCeros wrote:anyone up to speed on what the penalty is for overstaying a visa ? is there a per day charge, or something like that ? dont see anything on Immigration's website addressing this, but someone told me there may be a $xx per day charge levied at the airport. any ideas ? links ?

Thanks for any assistance out there.


Yeah theres a per day charge up to a certain number of days, beyond which you are looking at a possible ban from returning for a year, up to five years. So far they havent started jailing or caning people for overstaying luckily.
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Re: penalty for overstaying ?

Postby antarcticbeech » 12 Apr 2012, 01:19

You will also lose your ability to get a visa upon landing, although you can just apply for a visa again overseas without a hassle.
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Re: penalty for overstaying ?

Postby tommy525 » 12 Apr 2012, 01:35

antarcticbeech wrote:You will also lose your ability to get a visa upon landing, although you can just apply for a visa again overseas without a hassle.


I wouldnt be too sure about the "without a hassle " part though. Because it could be a hassle. Plus even near by countries take a dim view to you overstaying in another country. I overstayed by one day one time , got the stamp and went to HK and the immi officer there took a dim view to my overstaying in Taiwan. And I had to explain and convince him that I didnt plan to overstay in HongKong too.

So , all in all, do yourself a big favor and do NOT overstay your visa . Do everything possible to NOT overstay.

Its not going to be in your favor.
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Re: penalty for overstaying ?

Postby EigerMarcus » 12 Apr 2012, 09:43

The information is on NIA's website under Acts and Regulations / Alien Entry Prohibition Operation Directions see Articles IV and VI regarding entry bans. And under Acts and Regulations / Immigration Act see Article 85 para 4. There are also other potential consequences of an overstay both in Taiwan and overseas and as noted, it would be best to avoid one.
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Re: penalty for overstaying ?

Postby antarcticbeech » 12 Apr 2012, 10:29

I overstayed by about three or four days once. Upon leaving I was pulled aside at immigration and directed to the 'naughty' desk. They asked why I had overstayed. I explained. They asked me to pay a fine (TW$2000-$3000 or so) which I did.

That was it. Then I flew to Hong Kong, got a visa and flew back again and was let back into Taiwan the very same day. I would describe the process as 'perfunctory', even though my passport contained another overstay.

That was about three years ago.
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Re: penalty for overstaying ?

Postby Steviebike » 12 Apr 2012, 11:10

You may also have to spend time in a dungeon, and fight other barbarians in a colosseum...

I must admit, I don't really know anything about overstaying, I'm just guessing this might happen.
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Re: penalty for overstaying ?

Postby tommy525 » 12 Apr 2012, 12:01

They have been getting tougher on overstays. Dont do it, unless you never plan to come back or for at least five years.
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Re: penalty for overstaying ?

Postby Chris » 12 Apr 2012, 14:04

If you plan on coming back to live in Taiwan, an overstay may complicate your chances of getting residency here. Whatever the case, an overstay is like a big stain on your record that has the potential to make life unnecessarily tougher for you.

Do all that is humanly possible to avoid overstaying.
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