Monk wrote:No, you definetly have to go through a hassle to get the JFRV, just cause your married doesn't mean you have it.
And, my understanding is that the hassle consists of the following:
1. Go to Ren'ai Hospital and tell them you need a Health Cert for the JFRV; you'll have to return about a week after being examined to pick up the Cert.
2. Get a Clean Criminal Record Document showing you weren't arrested in your home country in the past 5 years. This is a big hassle. In the US the best place to go is probably the County Sheriff's office. I don't know about other countries. They'll fingerprint you and give you the CCRD, which you then must take to the Taiwan faux-embassy in your home country to get it legalized.
3. In the past, if you were married in Taiwan, you also needed a legalized doc from your home country showing you are married, but apparently no longer. If you only married your Taiwan spouse overseas, then I guess you still must get a legalized marriage cert from that country.
4. Take copies of your marriage certificate, household registration, Health Cert, CCRD, and passport to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), on Zhi Nan Rd, near Tai-Da Hospital, where you will submit the docs and apply for the JFRV. About a week later you can go back and pick up your passport with a new visa stamp in it.
5. Take your passport to the Police Station (in Taipei it's at Zhong Hua Rd/Wuchang Rd.) in order to get your marriage-based ARC and re-entry stamp.
6. You may then apply for an Open Work Permit (OWP) at the Council of Labor Affairs (in Taipei at 83 Yanping No. Rd, Sec 2).
I can't guarantee the above is correct. I pulled the info from other forumosa threads. I intended to go through the process last month, but got stopped at #2, because the County Sheriff's office was a long drive from where I was located and I decided it wasn't worth the hassle.
It is worth the hassle, though if you (a) can't rely on your scummy, untrustworthy Taiwan employer for your ARC/work permit, or (b) want to work multiple jobs in Taiwan legally.