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OVERSTAYER TELLS ALL!

Short-term and long-term visas, application requirements, waiting times, advantages and disadvantages of stay vs. resident visas, who needs an ARC, and why do people opt for permanent residency
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OVERSTAYER TELLS ALL!

Postby who » 20 Sep 2005, 08:13

HI - ive left now
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Postby Gilgamesh » 20 Sep 2005, 09:23

I overstayed my visa for about a month and a half once. It was all a bit of a mix up because I was waiting for my ARC and work permit to come through. I had asked the foreign affairs police if I had to renew my visa or just wait to change it over even though it would expire. They told me to wait so I thought that it didnt matter if my visa expired(kinda stupid). Anyway, when I went to apply for my ARC they said I had overstayed and called the cops to take me away. The cops were quite nice about the whole deal and said they had to kick me out of the country but that I could just go to Hong Kong and get another visa to come back. They put an overstay stamp in my passport but they didnt put the "you can't come back stamp" in it. I went to Hong Kong and then just came back on a landing visa. No problem.
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Postby Mr He » 20 Sep 2005, 11:20

Eight months???

That's nothing, I know a guy who has overstayed 8 years.
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Postby miltownkid » 20 Sep 2005, 12:38

A friend just was over by like eight months and left this past month. When he was erady to go, he went down to the police station to figure out what he needed (I think). Well, I don't really know how exactly he did everything, but he only paid a 10,000NT fine and left (no problems).
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Postby Satellite TV » 20 Sep 2005, 17:55

Mr He wrote:Eight months???

That's nothing, I know a guy who has overstayed 8 years.


Was it you? Was it me? Wait a minute, it couldn't have been me.. :D :D
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Postby Big Fluffy Matthew » 20 Sep 2005, 18:04

Satellite TV wrote:Was it you? Was it me? Wait a minute, it couldn't have been me.. :D :D
Are you sure ? When did you last renew your visa ? :p
Er.... thingy.
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Postby Mr He » 20 Sep 2005, 18:36

Satellite TV wrote:
Mr He wrote:Eight months???

That's nothing, I know a guy who has overstayed 8 years.


Was it you? Was it me? Wait a minute, it couldn't have been me.. :D :D


I have not been here for 8 years this time around, merely for 5 years.

No, it's a barfly in Zhongli.
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Postby djm409 » 24 Sep 2005, 23:46

Just a quick question that seems related to this topic- I will be overstaying my permit for about 5 months, at which point I will probably be going back to the states for a visit. I asked the police about doing this, particularly if there would be any consequences, and they told me as long as I left before overstaying 6 months, I could just pay the 10,000 NT fee and be done with it. A friend told me this is not the case. He said my passport does get stamped and it's a real hassle in the future when I have to go to the police station to extend my visa. Can someone please clarify what will happen? Will my passport be marked for the police to scrutinize, or can I just pay the fee and be done with it? Thanks.
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Postby Belgian Pie » 25 Sep 2005, 09:16

The real question is ... why do you overstay and than question people about what will happen ... you should think about the consequences before you overstay so it will be clear to you what will happen ... I really don't get it ... I started visiting Taiwan in 1992, I got married in 1997 and resided in Taiwan on a visitor visa until 2002 because out of principle I refused to get a resident visa hence ARC ... but I never ever overstayed ... they screwed me bigtime in the TECO HK a couple of times, but never overstayed ... so I never was concerned about what if ... I had several passports full of stamps and visa ...
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Postby Mr He » 25 Sep 2005, 12:22

In general, breaking rules knowingly is pretty bad form - and overstaying 6 months in the full knowledge of what you are doing is wrong - also, if you plan to come back here, most likely not the smartest thing to do. You may well risk that they won't let you back in for the next 6 months.

If you have a 3 day overstay due to a missed connection, then it's one thing, but 6 months?
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