Taiwan to Canada to Study and Tour

Map of Taipei, Chi-lung, Su-ao, Tai-nan,
 Tai-tung, Chang-hua, Taiwan

Official Title: Taiwan
Capital: Taipei
Population (million): 22.877
Total Area: 36,006 km2
Currency: Taiwan $ (TWD)
Language(s): Taiwanese, Mandarin, Hakka,

Canadian Representation in Taiwan
Trade Office of Canada
Address: 13th Floor, 365 Fu Hsing North Road
Taipei, 105, Taiwan
Tel.: 886 (2) 2544-3000
Fax: 886 (2) 2544-3590
E-mail: tapei@international.gc.ca
Link to Trade Office in Taiwan

News Release - Canada lifts visa requirement for visitors from Taiwan

Ottawa, November 22, 2010 — Effective immediately, travellers with ordinary Taiwan passports issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan no longer require a Temporary Resident Visa to visit Canada, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

“Canada regularly reviews its visa requirements and has determined that Taiwan meets the criteria for a visa exemption,” said Minister Kenney. “This decision will help boost Canada’s significant trade, investment, cultural and people-to-people links to Taiwan.”

In 2009, more than 51,000 Taiwan travellers visited Canada. More than 150,000 Canadians are of Taiwanese descent.

“The decision to lift the visa requirement means that Canada will benefit from stronger ties between Taiwan and the Canadian-Taiwanese community,” said Minister Kenney.

Canada’s visa policy is based on an assessment of a number of established criteria, including immigration violation rates, asylum claims, the integrity of travel documents and the cooperation on removals by the country or territory in question.

In Taiwan’s case, Canada’s review found, among other things, a very high visitor visa approval rate for travellers from Taiwan. It also found a very low number of asylum claims from Taiwan nationals: 23 claims between 2007 and 2009. The review also found low numbers of immigration violations and removals from Canada to Taiwan. This means that a large number of people were meeting Canada’s eligibility criteria to come and visit.

The visa exemption only applies to holders of ordinary Taiwan passports issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan that contain the personal identification number of the individual. During a technical visit, Canadian officials observed good passport management practices for ordinary Taiwan passports.

How can I come to Canada as a visitor, worker or student?

Citizenship and Immigration Canada has created an online tool called Come to Canada.

This CIC tool will help you figure out whether you can come to Canada as an immigrant, visitor, worker or student.

This CIC tool will help you understand the requirements for immigrating to, visiting, studying in or working in Canada.

This CIC tool guides you through some questions and based on your responses and your situation and provides a list of options and step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

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