Work and travel in
Who can apply?
To work in Taiwan through the Youth Mobility (Working Holiday) program, you must:
- be a Canadian citizen
- be 18-35 years old (inclusive),
- live in Canada when applying, and
- have a Canadian passport that’s valid for at least 12 months after you enter Taiwan
Other requirements may apply. Check Taiwan’s website for more details.
What type of work visa do I need?
You need to apply for a Youth Mobility (Working Holiday) Visa. However, you must state your purpose of visit as one of the following:
- pre-arranged internship or work placement in Taiwan
- registered post-secondary student and have a pre-arranged internship or work placement in Taiwan, or
- intend to travel to Taiwan and work temporarily to fund your trip
Do I need a formal job or internship offer?
Yes, you need a job offer (pre-arranged contract of employment) or a formal internship offer if you want to take part in an internship or a work placement while in Taiwan.
No, you don’t need one if you are applying to travel to Taiwan and work temporarily to help fund your trip.
How long can I stay and work?
You can stay and work in Taiwan for up to 12 months.
You can participate in the Youth Mobility program once.
Taiwan can be found in the West Pacific between Japan and the Philippines. Taiwan’s official language is Mandarin, however, Holo (Taiwanese), Hakka and Austronesian languages are common. There are 16 officially recognized indigenous tribes in Taiwan.
With winding coastlines, mountainous forests and beautiful secluded islands, Taiwan has been generously gifted by nature. It boasts beautiful parks and mountains for outdoor enthusiasts, including Jade Mountain the highest peak in Eastern Asia, but also vibrant metropoles. You can take a breathtaking bike ride around the beautiful Sun Moon Lake in Nantou County or visit the night markets in the cities.
Night markets in Taiwan are famous for their xiaochi, which translates to “small eats”. In addition to food, the night markets offer entertainment and a lot of shopping. You can also immerse yourself in Taiwan’s Lantern Festival which brings locals and foreign visitors together with beautiful lantern displays, folk art and performances.
Taiwan is one of the world’s leading producers of information and communications technology products. Other key industries also include optoelectronics, biomedicine, banking and insurance and agriculture biotechnology.
Plan your trip
The best way to make sure your trip is the experience of a lifetime is to plan. Review our travel checklist to find out what you should know or do before travelling to and working in a foreign country.
Before you leave, remember to register as a Canadian abroad to receive notifications in case of an emergency while you are abroad or of a personal emergency at home. The service also enables you to receive important information before or during a natural disaster or civil unrest.
Need help planning? One of IEC’s recognized organizations might be able to help you find a job, transportation, and provide travel advice.
Most recognized organizations charge a fee for their services.
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