achdizzy1099 wrote:It would be great to take a few months off, but if I don't try to land a gig before CNY, I might be jobless till next summer......not sure I want to piss all my savings away like that!
davidyuma wrote:Ok, I just got back from one of these visa runs.
I should add those directions on page one are spot on. Much appreciated!
Left Taiwan 630am, arrived at 815 HK. Went through immigration and took the train downtown. Got to the visa office at 945. The number was at 13 and I got number 26. Which meant waiting for 30 mins. It got increasingly busier around 10 and the sign says you can only get a same day visa if you apply before 11. So get there early if you want the same day.
Here is what I had:
- 2 photos (Only one was needed, the other he gave back)
- Copy of boarding pass for a flight home in the evening.
- 2 flight itineraries for later in the year(one to Japan in March, one to Korea in May)
- Both of these he looked at for maybe 5 seconds and handed back to me. Apparently not needed.
- Bank statement with $5000US in it.
- Canadian passport.
- A letter explaining why I had previously overstayed my visa for one day. And also explaining my reason for wanting a multiple entry visa. (Not sure if this was any help at all. It was quick and to the point, but worded quite well)
He originally charged me $600 ($400 for the visa + $200 for same day service). Which meant they were only going to give me a single entry. When I came back it turned out the guy made a mistake and didn't charge me enough. So I paid another $600 on top of that. So a total of $800 for the visa and $400 for the same day service($1200HK) Not sure why I would pay $200Hk more than single entry same day service, but I considered it to be one of those things to shut up and be glad they're giving you what you want.
So easy as that, they issued me a 6 month multiple entry non extend-able visa. I can't complain much and it could have been worse. I dealt with two people. One younger man who well didn't seem rude was not eager to smile. One older woman who was quite kind.
On a side note. I met a guy from the Philippines who had a Taiwanese mother and was actually born in Taiwan. But he still needed to apply for visitor visas to see his family. He said the visa people are never friendly to him. And strange enough, even though he was born in Taiwan he was considered Philippino but he had never ever been to the Philippines. Anyway, thought it was strange and felt a bit bad for him. Good guy...seems all Philippino people I meet are very friendly. He invited me to go to Disneyland. I politely declined and read a book instead. Big mistake on my part.
achdizzy1099 wrote:2 question for you davidyuma:
1) Why do you not have a tourist visa already? (did your ARC expire? is this your first visa?)
2) If your visa is a 6 month multi entry (is that 60 day intervals?) are you going to be looking for a job? Why do you need such a short visa?
These questions are with regards to the posts Myself and Tommy525 made above.
thanks and good informative post.
tommy525 wrote:Personally I am waiting for the USA to grant Taiwanese visa free entry for 90 days and demand Taiwan reciprocate for US citizens.
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