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Visa situation -- why can't I go from US passport to resident visa?

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Visa situation -- why can't I go from US passport to resident visa?

Postby dylanh724 » 18 Sep 2014, 17:12

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).

ANYWAY:

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.

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Re: Visa situation -- why can't I go from US passport to resident visa?

Postby Tempo Gain » 19 Sep 2014, 11:15

Some info here, if a few years old.

http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopi ... 7&t=101855

Have you inquired about the possibility of converting your visa-free entry to a visitor's visa in Taiwan?

More here: http://www.forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopi ... l#p1262293

Could the same apply if you're married and eligible for an ARC?
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Re: Visa situation -- why can't I go from US passport to resident visa?

Postby dylanh724 » 19 Sep 2014, 11:31

This is a great question!! I don't see why not, because eligible via marriage or eligible via work, what's the difference? Maybe they're told to say no unless you are Already married !! When inquiring they said no, but I'd like to wait til I have the docs and try again.

Anyone ever done this? Convert stamp to visitor visa with marriage license? I mean it makes sense..
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Re: Visa situation -- why can't I go from US passport to resident visa?

Postby tango42 » 19 Sep 2014, 13:55

For starters, you can't compare "rest of world" or compare Taiwan and England passports. Immigration related issues are unique to every country and between every country.
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Re: Visa situation -- why can't I go from US passport to resident visa?

Postby tommy525 » 19 Sep 2014, 14:01

Was at the Taipei Rep Office in SAn Francisco late 2013 and this American citizen guy (married to a TW lady) was getting his Tourist Visa for something like 200 some dollars in order to fly to Taiwan and get the married visa thing.

Guess he could not just fly in on Visa Free and do that. If he could he probably would've instead of paying money and being in a panic that he wouldn't get the visa in time for his flight later that evening.
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Re: Visa situation -- why can't I go from US passport to resident visa?

Postby dylanh724 » 19 Sep 2014, 18:32

Ah ok, so strange. Eh I'm just in denial. Ok, I'm gonna fly to Singapore (never been there, May as well have fun) and get a visa from Singapore's TW embassy. Anyone know if I can apply online (or mail) and pick it up in person? Or know how long it takes to get it processed?

If I already have my marriage certificate, do I still need to buy a 2 way flight? So like, one way to Singapore, 2 way back (and cancel return flight later)?

Also, I can go from visitor visa to resident with marriage certificate right? Or do I need to "sign up for a class" To be a student , ugh, I hope not... This process is stressful lol I can't wait til done. Funny enough the fbi check was the easiest for me.
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