I originally had ARC as a student here for a year. Eventually I had to leave and come back once I was done being a student -- I went to hong kong and back. Suddenly my gf and I decided to get married. Both wishing we had decided that while I still had ARC (even then, the process is long, probably still would've missed deadlines).
Since I hold a USA passport and visa-exempt, I come back with just my passport, and they said I can't get my resident visa unless I get their visitors visa, but the according to the rest of the world, visitors/tourist visa is the SAME as passport entry if exempt -- same status, same duration (visitor/tourist). So what's going on? Is it just Taiwan government confusing the 2? Do I really have to fly out AGAIN, wait for a visa to be processed, then come back? I just want to make 100% sure before I go through this again, ugh..
If someone from England visited USA with their passport for entry, and someone from Taiwan came to USA with a visa for entry, both would count as visitor/tourist status equally (whether one looks fancier than the other or not; like a fancy gift certificate vs a plain gift card) -- call it culture shock, but if someone could explain to me what's up, that'd be great.