If I stop working for my current company, does that mean the ARC is immediately revoked?
Thank goodness I already have this ready. As previously stated:
The date you must leave depends on the date your work visa was cancelled, and this means that it depends on when your boss/company sent the paperwork to NIA/CLA etc. saying you are no longer under their employment. Standard is one or two weeks after they cancel your work permit.
They are in no obligation to inform you of when that date is -and by they I mean your boss, NIA, CLA. If you go and ask NIA, they will give you the exact date, but they -NIA< CLA, whoever else- will NOT inform you out of their own accord. So, you have to find out on your own. This also comes handy if you need an extension to settle your affairs.
Now, and here comes the tricky part: the date you have printed on your ARC is just a reference. It becomes invalid the minute it is not backed up by a work permit. It does not mean you can stay until the date printed there.
Now, yes, if you wanna stay here, you must give the G'ment a good reason, whether it is to study or work at another comapny.
Yes, they normally make you leave when switching from work visa to student visa. Why and what for? Beats me, but that's the way they say it must be done.
What would happen if I quit the current company that I'm working for, stayed in Taiwan for a couple months, and than two months later, applied to a different company for work? Would the government see that the ARC had lapsed, and not allow me to get another ARC?
Well, you would be slapped a nice fine and banned from one year to five years from Taiwan, basically, for overstaying. As said, the date
on your ARC
means nothing without a work visa to suppor it, and your work visa is canceleed when you quit and your boss removes it from the system at CLA/NIA. The date
is just reference.
The G'ment will see the visa expired the next time you want to leave the country or do anything that requires some official ID.
In summary, cross your T's and get a new job/enroll at school and plan your departure from current job carefully.