Young Canadians can now apply for working holiday visa in Taiwan

TAIPEI (CNA) – Starting this month, young Canadian nationals can apply for a working holiday visa after arriving in Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced Thursday.

The Taiwan-Canada reciprocal working holiday agreement, known as the Youth Mobility program, first took effect in 2010 when the two sides agreed to an annual quota of 1,200. Under the program, citizens of the two countries aged 18-35 can travel and work in each other’s territory for up to one year.

Previously, Canadians who wanted to take advantage of the program had to apply at Taiwan’s representative offices in Ottawa, Toronto or Vancouver.

However, starting this year MOFA said Canadians who meet the working holiday qualifications and are already visiting Taiwan on another visa, will be allowed to apply for a working holiday visa locally, should they want to stay in the country longer.

Those who wish to do so can apply at MOFA’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) headquarters in Taipei or MOFA’s regional offices in Taichung, Chiayi, Kaohsiung and Hualien.

According to MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章), the decision was made to encourage more young Canadians to visit the country.

Canada is one of 16 countries worldwide to have inked a working holiday deal with Taiwan. The other 15 are Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Austria, Czech Republic, France, Australia, Luxembourg, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand, according to MOFA.

By Joseph Yeh