Canada: Holders of Taiwan Passports Now Visa Waived
Individuals holding ordinary Taiwan passports no longer require a temporary resident visa (TRV) to enter Canada, effective immediately, according to an announcement from the Canadian Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister. To qualify, an individual must hold an ordinary passport that was issued by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and contains the individual’s personal identification number. Holders of other Taiwan travel documents still require a TRV to enter Canada.
Previously, holders of Taiwan passports seeking to travel to Canada were required to obtain a TRV from the Canadian Embassy in Taiwan, in addition to a study or work permit when appropriate. After making a comprehensive country review of visa requirements for Taiwan, the Canadian government found that holders of Taiwan passports have relatively low immigration violation rates and asylum claims, and that there is acceptable integrity in the issuance of ordinary Taiwan passports that contain the individual’s personal identification number.
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