Canada creates Working Holiday Visa with Taiwan

Today, Canada became the fourth country in the world to sign a working holiday agreement with the country of Taiwan. This agreement allows people from Canada and people from Taiwan the ability to work and travel in each other’s countries.

The agreement or Memorandum of Understanding  makes it easier for young people (ages 18 to 35) to travel and work within each country in specific industries for a period of up to one year.

“Through this arrangement, Canadian and Taiwanese youth can gain a unique travel, work and life experience abroad, enriching their understanding of each other’s culture. Such exchanges will also further strengthen the longstanding people-to-people ties between Canada and Taiwan,” said executive director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, Scott Fraser in a press release.

The agreement is expected to boost Taiwanese tourism to Canada, which has significantly declined over the last six years.

Other countries who have previously signed the agreement with Taiwan include Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and other countries that have signed similar agreements with Canada include Japan and South Korea.

The agreement will come into effect on July 1, with the initial quota of multiple entry visas being 200, with this number increasing over the coming years if the program proves popular, which is expected as the total working holiday program applications for Taiwan from the other three countries were 12,000 in 2009.

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Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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