I have a pretty unusual situation here.
I arrived in Taiwan July 1st. My job and therefore my visa got botched by a recruiter who didn't know what he was doing. I needed a new job. I got one and there has not been enough time to get my visa processed. I am from the US so I only have 30 days. I also need to be in the country for 184 days, July 1st - Dec. 31st in order to qualify for the tax break.
I got a flight booked for Hong Kong on Saturday. I will go there and then come back the same day. I only have two hours between my flights. Do I actually need to get a stamp in Hong Kong on my passport, or could I just kick around the terminal and get back on the plane? Will the customs officials want to see where I was last on my passport? Will they even care when I get back to Taiwan? Will they just stamp my passport regardless since I am entering the country?
I have been hearing so many things about documents on this thread. I have entered Taiwan three times in my life, twice as a tourist and now to work. All times I have never been questioned when getting my passport stamped. They have all been very straight forward. Is any of that really necessary? Should I have my work contract with me just in case, or any other documents?
If I do need the stamp in Hong Kong, I heard from one of my coworkers there is some place inside where you can get a stamp without having to leave the airport. Is this so? If not, would two hours be enough to disembark, go through customs, turn around, check in, go through security and customs again and be on time for boarding the plane?
Hope anyone can help with some good info. on this crazy situation. Thanks in advance.
This has been a very useful thread for me! Thank you!
My question is this:
I'm currently working in Taiwan (ARC) and I want my boyfriend (holds a US passport) to come stay with me for an extended period of time.
We are currently considering applying for a 60 day multiple re-entry visitor visa in Hong Kong.
Here's what we're thinking of bringing:
1) 2 passport photos (2 inch)
2) Letter of invitation (written by me)
3) Bank statement (currently about US2000)
4) Copy of my ARC
5) Itinerary of flight out of Taiwan
Is this a sufficient reason for them to grant him a visa? What else should we bring along? Should there be more money on the bank statement, and if so, what is a safe amount?
So good news is that I am coming back to Taiwan, I am not yet sure for how long. I was exchange student in Taipei for 10months in 2010-2011. Now I am exchange in Shanghai for 3months . I applied for internship place in Taipei, and I have good feeling that they will pick me for the job. The problem is that internship would start at august, I would not like to go to back to Finland for summer time, I prefer to study Chinese for summer and after that to do my Internship (6months). So should i just come without visa to Taiwan, go to some school and pay tuition for 2-3 months and change my visa to "student visa". Can I later extend it for "working visa".
Do I need flight away from Taiwan when I enter without visa?
Ps. Will some universities take me in, if I just go to the school office with "turist visa" and pay for tuition? Was thinking to go to study for same university where i used to because it's sister uni for my home university.
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