Canada Closes Taiwan Visa Office

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Effective May 25, 2011, the Canadian visa section in Taipei will no longer be accepting new applications.  It will cease operations permanently on June 17, 2011.  All Taiwan files will now be processed in Hong Kong.

The decision is largely a result of the dramatic reduction in work following the removal of the temporary resident visa requirement for holders of Taiwanese passports.

The visa section is going to make every effort to finalize all temporary resident visas, study/work permits, and permanent resident travel documents before it ceases operations.

Applicants who have paid application fees at a bank in Taiwan but who have not yet submitted a visa application may apply for a refund through the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, as the processing fees are non-transferable. Refund request forms may be obtained at the following website:

Applicants who subsequently choose to submit a new application to Hong Kong will be required to submit a new fee payment with that application.