I hope I won't be hijacking this thread, but my situation is similar.
I am currently on a "for study" visitor visa and have been teaching at some schools in my area for the past month. While I have been considering just continuing my studies and getting a work permit through my school, I have found the 15hr/wk workload to be too hard to balance with teaching, and I'd have to keep my grades up anyway to qualify for the work permit. Plus, the school's teaching method... well, there are better schools in Taiwan for serious study.
So, I plan to switch my visa to a work visa. Both of the schools I am at now are willing to apply for one, and I just got my Health Check. I have 4 more weeks to try:
1. Cheapest, most convenient,sane, and seemingly improbable option.
Applying for a resident visa/ARC directly in the country and hoping they ignore my "for study" visa. (Old post http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopi ... 70&t=72867
says this might be worth a shot, but I would love to hear from someone who tried this more recently
2. Applying for a Resident Visa directly in Hong Kong (or other cheap destination) (does this processing take longer than the "for work" Visitor Visa, or require anything more than the note from the employer and my health check?
) and get my ARC upon arrival back to Taichung.
3. Return on a Visa-Exempt Entry and apply for the Visitor/Resident Visa domestically, then the ARC. In this case, what should I tell the immigration officer at the airport? Just give me a visa-exempt entry and ignore my Student Visa?
I have read and have been reading posts here for a few years now, so I'm aware these are my only possible options. I would greatly appreciate any and all help. As I wish to get this all settled within the next 2 weeks to be safe, I would also appreciate some expediency, but I will take what I can get!