I was born pre 1984, and a US citizen but born in Taiwan. Should I enter with my Taiwan passport? and then apply the 4 month rule? thanks. Please help
Probably. Make sure you get the Overseas Chinese visa/endorsement in your Taiwan passport first, before entering Taiwan, but as long as you do that then this should work.
soar55 wrote:Does anyone know if we can change our name on foreign passports (ie. Canadian passport) and enter Taiwan, will this avoids Taiwan to know that I am an dual Taiwanese Citizen, but that I am entering as a Canadian instead? This is another loophole that I've heard of. I just wonder if anyone know more factual information about this. Whether or not foreign passports are connected with Taiwanese passport's database, even if we changed our legal name on the foreign passport.
I assume that this means getting a whole new Canadian passport, which in turn requires getting a new passport issue number? The only other information they could use to link it up then would be your birth date and birth place, but probably too many people would match those criteria for it to be useful.
If the new passport has your old name listed as an alias, or contains the old passport's issue number, then this won't work as the Taiwan authorities could still look you up. If you have an old visa that you want to mvoe from the old passport to the new one, typically the visa in your new passport will say that it's an extension of so and so visa with visa number XXXXXXX in passport number YYYYYY - the immigration/border officer in Taiwan will probably see it and can still look you up on the old passport number that way then.
Likewise, if you are in a foreign country when getting the new passport, so that your entry and exit stamps are on two different passports, typically the stamp will have something written beside it to say that the other stamp is on passport number YYYYYY.
If your new passport has no mention of your old passport number or your old name at all, anywhere, then your odds are much better. I still wouldn't guarantee it though. Possibly you might still be caught if they take fingerprints or something...
soar55 wrote:the 183 days rule applies on me, I sometimes have to do projects in Taiwan and sometimes I have to stay in Taiwan longer than 183 days within a year if good project comes, I don't want to have to forced to not take on really great projects just because I've stayed in Taiwan more than 183 days in that year...
thank you very much
I guess working on such projects outside of Taiwan (in Singapore, HK, or even on a cruise ship just outside of Taiwan's waters) is not an option here?
The only surefire option I can think of is, while in Canada, get the Overseas Chinese endorsement and then renounce your ROC nationality at TECO. As long as you have that endorsement, you aren't required to complete military service before renouncing.