23 November 2010

Canadian Visa requirement lifted for visitors from Taiwan

Travellers with Taiwan passports issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan will no longer require a Temporary Resident Visa to visit Canada, the Canadian Government has announced.

Canadian Visa

The Canadian Visa requirement has been lifted for Taiwan.

The move to allow Taiwanese tourists to Canada to travel without a Canadian Visa  follows a review of Taiwanese passport processes and immigration statistics.

The Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said: “Canada regularly reviews its visa requirements and has determined that Taiwan meets the criteria for a visa exemption.

“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 and more than 150,000 Canadians are of Taiwanese descent.

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.

A Canadian review found there was a very high visitor visa approval rate for travellers from Taiwan, a very low number of asylum claims from Taiwan nationals with only 23 claims between 2007 and 2009, and low numbers of immigration violations and removals from Canada to Taiwan. Based on this information the Canadian Government has decided to remove the need for tourists to or travellers transiting through Canada to obtain a Canadian Temporary Resident Visa.

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. 

The Canadian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people make their Canadian Visa application to the Canadian Embassy.   

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