Abacus wrote:First - Do you have a multiple entry visa or single entry visa? If it's multiple entry then you can reuse the visa but you'll still have to exit the country.
Second - Hong Kong, Macau, Bangkok, Philippines, Okinawa, Seoul, etc... It really doesn't matter where you go unless you need to use the Taiwan embassy (TECO or whatever it's called). If you need to use the embassy (for a visa) then DO NOT GO to Manila. Otherwise the cheapest flights are on Cebu Pacific to Manila but it's a red eye both ways.
Third - Several regular posters here have arrived on visa free entry and were able to process all of the paperwork in country. I can't think of a reason why you shouldn't enter using visa free if your original visa is expired. In your case there is no reason to buy another visa since almost everyone has had to pay for a resident visa anyway. Just enter visa free.
Fourth - If your health check is ready on Tuesday it might be possible to skip the visa run. Your school will really have to be on the ball and get the work permit fast. Once you have the work permit you can apply for the resident visa. And once you have applied for the resident visa you no longer need to do a visa run.
Hi Abacus, thank you for the help and information so far.
I am not sure if my visa is a single or multiple entry visa, though I would assume that it is just a single entry visa. I am not 100% positive on this though.
The health check was not available today, though it might be available tomorrow. Tomorrow the school asked me to bring the required documents so that they can make copies and apply for the work permit – I guess we will see if they can manage to get it in time so that I can apply for the resident visa. It will be close, I know.
I guess my only other question is do you know how easy it is to extend the 60 day visitor visa? My one colleague was at the immigration office this morning, and they had told him that it is possible to extend the visitor visa – twice, for 60 extra days each time. He did not seem sure of the details, however, and I am not sure if this is a feasible/realistic option or not.
Thanks again for your help.