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Visa Requirements for International Schools

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Re: Visa Requirements for International Schools

Postby Otis » 24 Jul 2016, 20:05

This is great. Thank you. Yes I will contact the school and figure out the visa requirement for TAS. The concept of Visitor Visa baffles me as it allows people to stay for 90 days with option to renew but as an US citizen we get this privilege anyways without having to obtain Visitor visa Anyways no?

By the way which bank do U guys think is most flexible in terms of openin accounts without ARC and since my wife doesn't speak Mandarin do u guys think her best bet is to open an account with HSBC or Citi?
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Re: Visa Requirements for International Schools

Postby Abacus » 24 Jul 2016, 20:41

There is little reason to get a visitor visa now since they have given Americans 90 day visa exempt. The visitor visa makes more sense for the many countries that don't have 90 day visa exempt or for those that can get an extendable visitor visa (usually 3x per entry).

I think either an HSBC or Citi account is an excellent choice but I think both require fairly substantial opening and/or minimum balances. AFAIK you can open an account anywhere with a National ID number. You can request a National ID number even if you don't have an ARC.
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Re: Visa Requirements for International Schools

Postby Liam Og » 24 Jul 2016, 20:46

Depending on who you are talking to there are some restrictions about extending a landing visa or changing it into a resident permit. That's why it might be worth your while getting visitor visas at Teco. It might save you a visa run.

Otis wrote:This is great. Thank you. Yes I will contact the school and figure out the visa requirement for TAS. The concept of Visitor Visa baffles me as it allows people to stay for 90 days with option to renew but as an US citizen we get this privilege anyways without having to obtain Visitor visa Anyways no?

By the way which bank do U guys think is most flexible in terms of openin accounts without ARC and since my wife doesn't speak Mandarin do u guys think her best bet is to open an account with HSBC or Citi?
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Re: Visa Requirements for International Schools

Postby Otis » 24 Jul 2016, 21:37

If my wife decides to enter a language program then I am assuming that she will get her residency based on this. If so, will my children also be eligible for residency on the back of this? I guess if this were to be the case then it will solve all the visa issue on our part. Any good program recommended near Da'an Park? Also is there an attendance minimum that is needed for school to renew your visa status? As in how many hours per week? Ideally less would be better. Are certain school more flexible than others on this issue?
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Re: Visa Requirements for International Schools

Postby Abacus » 24 Jul 2016, 22:16

She needs to attend 75 or 80% of the classes. Every program requires 10 hours/wk of class and 5 hours/wk of immersion activities (Tai-Chi, Calligraphy, Reading, etc...).

I know that a school in Kaohsiung allows for you to makeup classes to stay above the minimum. That may or may not be true in Taipei.
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Re: Visa Requirements for International Schools

Postby teggs » 25 Jul 2016, 08:06

If your goal is for your children to learn Chinese, perhaps TAS would not be the best option. AFAIK their program is all in English except for the occasional Chinese class.

What about one of the bilingual schools? There are a few in Taipei - Lih-Jen, Fuxing, Wego, Kwei-shan. Probably a few that I have forgotten about, also some in New Taipei - Kangchiao,Yu-tsai, Yu-teh.

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Re: Visa Requirements for International Schools

Postby Liam Og » 25 Jul 2016, 12:58

Otis wrote:If my wife decides to enter a language program then I am assuming that she will get her residency based on this. If so, will my children also be eligible for residency on the back of this?


One parent with a resident permit can sponsor the resident permit for all direct family members. But there is paper work and the level of run around will depend on what exactly they ask you to provide. Usually things have to be translated and authenticated in some way before it can be used.

If I was you I would contact the immigration department
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Re: Visa Requirements for International Schools

Postby Petrichor » 29 Jul 2016, 06:58

Otis wrote:If my wife decides to enter a language program then I am assuming that she will get her residency based on this. If so, will my children also be eligible for residency on the back of this? I guess if this were to be the case then it will solve all the visa issue on our part. Any good program recommended near Da'an Park? Also is there an attendance minimum that is needed for school to renew your visa status? As in how many hours per week? Ideally less would be better. Are certain school more flexible than others on this issue?


Yes your children can get ARCs based on your wife's student status. Check with the Learning Chinese forum for a list of qualifying educational institutes: viewforum.php?f=40
There is a minimum hours and attendance requirement, but I don't think it's onerous. I don't think there's much flexibility as it's a Government regulation and the offending school could lose its status. IIRC some students have lost their status through poor attendance.

Teggs makes a good point that TAS isn't the place to go for Mandarin acquisition for your children. Most children attending these schools are Taiwanese (with foreign passports) and their children are sending them there to learn native-speaker standard English. Mandarin classes aren't a priority. However I would also caution against the bilingual schools, which can be very high pressure.
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