dinowilson wrote:So I just found out my contract isn't going to renewed in May which now means I need to look for another job. I remember reading somewhere that if my work permit expires or is revoked or whatever you call it then I can apply for some kind of 3 or 6 month visa extension while I look for another job. Can anyone confirm if this is true or point me in the right direction in this forum? I have gone through this forum but can't find what I previously read about on this topic.
I don't have any firsthand knowledge of this policy, and I'm not sure whether teachers, or at least cram-school teachers, are considered part of the class of "white-collar workers" being referred to when this new policy is discussed, but here's what I've been able to find so far:
http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopi ... 7&t=133193So we've all heard that news that the NIA (National Immigration Agency) now provides a 6-month grace period for white collar workers finishing their contracts and seeking new jobs.
The poster quoted above got the extension:
http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopi ... 2#p1630602
But it appears that he wasn't a teacher when he got it:
http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopi ... 9#p1676749
Another poster got the extension, but he wasn't a teacher, either:
http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopi ... 0#p1665260I am pretty sure that after a law change last year. The NIA will grant you a 6 month extension to you ARC once you have left you job and you old ARC runs out. I took advantage of this last year. I would take a trip to the NIA and ask them about it.
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I . . . left a (non teaching) job here. . . .
Here are a few more links about it; they seem to say about the same thing:
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/nati ... ns-for.htm
http://www.ecct.com.tw/news_announcemen ... 6&seq=1174
http://taiwanease.com/en/forums/nia-kee ... 11460.html
Seeking more details and more certainty--especially about the language used to communicate the class of workers covered--I've visited the websites of the National Immigration Agency (which apparently issues the extensions), the Ministry of the Interior (which apparently made the announcement), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (just because their name sounds like this business might have something to do with them), but so far I haven't been able to find anything on those sites. I don't know Chinese, though, so just because I couldn't find it, that doesn't mean it isn't there.
If a teacher has gotten this particular extension, especially a cram-school teacher, it would be nice if he or she would post about it.
As a final, incidental note, apparently the government began talking about doing something along these lines about 2 1/2 years ago, but back then the extension being discussed was for 90 days (again, the term "white collar" is used):
http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopi ... 7&t=115202
http://chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national ... ovt-to.htm
Hope this helps.