Utumno wrote:I also understand that since I am married to a local girl, I have a
'permanent work permit' by default and I don't need any 'open work permits' ?
Well now. There are many different thoughts and opinions on this topic. Here's mine.
Firstly, being married to a Taiwanese and on a JFRV ARC doesn't give you a "permanent work-permit". It only gives you unrestricted work rights as long as you stay married to a Taiwanese and as long as your JFRV ARC is valid. There's no actual permit involved and it's hardly considered permanent.
Some people say that because you are married to a Taiwanese, that you don't need to apply for the OWP and that you have open work rights by default. Previously, you had a JFRV based ARC and on the back it clearly showed your spouse's name as your sponsor. No question whatsoever that as a foreigner married to a Taiwanese that you have unrestricted work rights. However, now that you have an APRC, you are only beholden to yourself. You are no longer sponsored by your Taiwanese spouse, although you are still married. In fact, nowhere on your APRC does it show an employer or a Taiwanwese spouse as your sponsor. Basically, you have no proof on your APRC that you are married to a Taiwanese and therefore by extension have unrestricted work rights. Further, you could go to the HHRO with your wife right now and be divorced within 5 minutes and nothing regarding your APRC will have changed between the time you were married with an APRC and divorced with an APRC.
Also, official government policy regarding legal employment in conjuction with an APRC is that the holder must also have an Open-Work Permit. They conveniently make no mention of whether or not the OWP is still required if the APRC holder is also married to a Taiwanese.
If a government official felt like giving you a hassle for not having an Open-Work Permit in conjuction with your APRC, they could. After all, without carrying your wife in your back pocket, a copy of your marriage license, a recent printout of your household registration, how are you going to prove that you are married with only your APRC in your hand?
I choose not to be hassled. I have an APRC and the required OWP although I've been married to a Taiwanese for nearly 20 years. Open-Work Permit Application Procedures