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Taiwan Visa Application For Teachers

It used to be a lot more difficult to apply for a visa in Taiwan than it is now. Thanks to improved relations between the Taiwanese government and various other countries, many foreigners can now enter Taiwan with a "Visa On Arrival" and forgo the sometimes tricky task of applying for a Tourist Visa.

It is generally the standard procedure for working in Taiwan that you will first enter the country as a tourist, then start the resident visa and work permit application once you've arrived. Even if you have a job offer and signed contract before you go, it is much simpler to just arrive first and apply inside.

In the past, you could only stay in Taiwan for up to three weeks without a visa, which meant if you were coming to work, you would need to apply for a tourist visa to cover the first two months of your stay while your resident visa was being processed. It should take 4-6 weeks to get your work permit and residency finalized.

Now though, The US, Canada and The UK (among others) have negotiated with Taiwan that their passport holders can stay for up to six months without a visa. The Visa on Arrival is awarded when you arrive in the country, and lasts for 90 days, with the possibility of another 90 day extension. This is also free of charge, so as well as saving a lot of hassle, you are also saving money.

Taiwan Visa Application: Requirements For Visa On Arrival

In order to get your visa on arrival, you will need to have a return flight ticket. This is because you are still arriving as a tourist in Taiwan's eyes. Whether or not you are planning to go for work doesn't really matter, as this is just part of the process.

The standard procedure for people arriving to teach English is to have a return ticket booked to somewhere cheap, such as Hong Kong or Macau, and then cancel it once you have arrived in Taiwan. Don't be put off by the apparent dishonesty in this process, because the Taiwan government knows that this is way it's done, and generally recommends it. In fact it is more the country of your origin and the airline that want to see the return ticket, because of their own immigration laws.

Getting a work permit and visa before you arrive is very difficult, so this is the way everybody does it. It's a simple process and all you need do is show your passport upon arrival, and wait for them to stamp it with the 90 day visa on entry. It's rare that they will ask to see your return flight ticket, but have it ready just in case.

If you have not already found a position as a teacher in Taiwan, but are curious about the process, then I recommend you get in touch with a local western recruitment agency. For free, they will help you find work at the best schools in Taiwan, and will advise you on visa requirements and the whole application process.


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Good article, be helpful for anyone wanting visa in Taiwan.

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  about 9 years ago

Good to know, Dom. How long have you taught in Taiwan? What led you there initially?

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  about 9 years ago
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