Working Holiday Visa

Working Holiday Visa
Taiwan has a Working Holiday Maker arrangement with Australia. Young Australians who are aged between 18 years and 30 years (inclusive) at the time of application can have an extended holiday in Taiwan. The primary purpose of working holiday scheme is to holiday. During these holidays, you may engage in short term work to supplement your funds by incidental employment, and to experience Taiwanese culture through short-term language study.

1. Validity of Visa
The visa is valid for a period of 12 months. Visa holders may enter Taiwan from the date that the visa is issued until the date of expiry.

2. Duration of Stay
Once in Taiwan, the initial permitted stay shall be 180 days, which may be extended for another 180 days while the visa is still valid. You can stay in Taiwan for no more than 1 year from the date that you first enter Taiwan. Application for the extension shall be made to the local offices of the National Immigration Agency 15 days prior to the initial duration of stay expires.

3. Entries
Working holiday makers are issued multiple entry visas, allowing visa holders to leave and re-enter Taiwan any number of times during 1 year stay.

4. Visa Conditions

(1) Work Limitation
Working holiday makers may work legally without the need to apply for a work permit during their stay in Taiwan. However, visa holders must not be employed by the same employer for more than 6 months.
Those who engage in professional or technical work shall meet the necessary qualification and laws of registration for practice required by Taiwan. For more information on related employment regulations, please visit the website of the Bureau of Employment and Vocational Training: http://www.evta.gov.tw/eng/home/index.asp

(2) Study Limitation:
Working holiday makers may study for up to 4 months, without any restrictions on undertaking Mandarin language courses only. The Mandarin language centres of universities accredited to the Ministry of Education shall be based on the latest list announced by the Ministry of Education. Please visit the website of the Ministry of Education for further information: http://english.moe.gov.tw/mp.asp?mp=1
5. Income Tax
Foreign citizens, including working holiday makers, should file their income tax returns and pay corresponding taxes to the National Tax Administration responsible for their residential district. Fore more information on taxation, please visit the website of the Taipei National Tax Administration, Ministry of Finance:http://www.ntat.gov.tw/county/ntat_ch/ntat_en/index.jsp

6. Eligibility Requirements

All Australian applicants must:

(1) be aged between 18 years and 30 years inclusive (at the time of application);

(2) hold an Australian passport valid for more than 1 year;

(3) not accompanied by spouse and dependent children;

(4) be in Australia when you apply and when the visa is issued;

(5) have sufficient funds (generally A$4,100);

(6) have funds for a return or onward ticket to depart Taiwan;

(7) have health insurance to cover medical and hospitalisation costs during your stay in Taiwan;

(8) meet health requirement-you need to undertake a medical examination

7. Application Documentations

(1) Completed visa application form for Working Holiday Makers. Applicants shall fill out the form online. The electronic-generated form must be printed out and signed. The website of on-line visa application forms is: https://visawebapp.boca.gov.tw/

(2) Australian passport valid for more than one year;

(3) Two 2-inch color photos taken within 6 months;

(4) A return flight ticket or sufficient funds for a return or onward fare;

(5) Financial proof of at least NT$ 100,000 (approximately A$4,100) of living expenses, such as travelers cheque or bank statement;

(6) Certificate of Insurance;

(7) Health Check Certificate. The Certificate must be completed by a registered or licenced medical practitioner.

(8) A certificate of good conduct (National Police Certificate)

8. Application Fee
Current visa application fee is A$144.00. Payment must accompany your application and is generally non-refundable if the application is refused. To make a payment, please pay by bank cheque or money order made payable to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office. Please also be advised that the visa application fee may be subject to adjustment at any time.