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The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT)

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Consular Services

Hours of Operation

The Consular Services Hours are from 9 am to 11:30 amMonday to Friday (except Statutory Holidays).

  • Notarizations, Affidavits, and Certifications of Documents
  • Marriage in Taiwan
  • Working and Teaching in Taiwan
  • Arrest and Detention in Taiwan
  • List of Lawyers Practising in Taiwan
  • List of Hospitals Practising in Taiwan

Notarizations, Affidavits, and Certifications of Documents

A Canadian consular officer in the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei has the same powers of a notary public to perform notarial services such as the attestation of legal documents, witnessing signatures on a Power of Attorney, certifying true copies of original documents, and administering affidavits and statutory declarations. As this is a service which has legal effect, the individual making the declaration must appear in person before a Canadian consular officer at the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei.

To apply for this type of service, we require to see your valid passport. We also suggest that you bring other valid English Identification cards as well in case further verification is needed.

Please note the maximum size of paper that Canadian Trade Office in Taipei can accept is 14” x 8.5” (or 35cm x 21cm).  Clients should bring in their own copy for anything larger than our office can accept.

For the related fees, please refer to Fees.

Marriage in Taiwan

Canadian citizens intending to marry in Taiwan will require an affidavit signed in front of a Canadian consular officer at the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei. Basically, this is a sworn declaration by the applicant that he/she is single or divorced and eligible for marriage in Taiwan. As the affidavit is a legal document, it must be attested in person by the Canadian citizen making the declaration, and cannot be done by fax or by mail.

We would require to see your Canadian passport and proof of Canadian citizenship (Canadian birth certificate or Canadian citizenship certificate), and in cases involving a previous marriage, a divorce document issued by a court order.

For the related fees, please refer to Fees.

Working and Teaching in Taiwan

Over the past few years, the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei has received many inquiries from Canadian citizens wishing to teach English in Taiwan. Taiwanese government regulations state that ALL foreigners require a work permit Before any form of employment can be undertaken. Many schools and institutions may promise that they will make appropriate arrangements after you begin working. You need to be aware that this is illegal and should you choose to accept such an arrangement, you do so at your own risk. In Taiwan, as in Canada, working without proper documentation and authorization is against the law and could result in a fine, deportation and/or prison sentence.

The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei is not permitted to enter into any dispute, conduct an investigation, nor act as a lawyer in legal or contractual mishaps experienced by Canadian citizens. We can neither investigate nor certify employers. It is up to the individual to evaluate a potential employer before signing a contract.

Individuals who are involved in a contractual dispute should consult a lawyer practising in Taiwan who is familiar with the local legal system and can advise you properly on your rights and obligations. The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei has available a list of lawyers practising in Taiwan to which you may refer.

For more information on working and teaching in Taiwan, please refer to our publication Teaching English in Taiwan.

Arrest and Detention in Taiwan

If you are detained or arrested in Taiwan and you wish to have the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei notified, you should clearly make that request to the arresting authorities. This can be done through our switchboard (02) 8723-3000 (Monday to Thursday 8:15am to 12:00 pm , 12:30pm to 5pm Friday 8:15am to 12:45pm) or by collect call to (613) 996-8885 (after our working hours). The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei cannot seek preferential treatment for you nor exempt you from the due process of local law, but it can make every effort to ensure that your treatments by the courts and your conditions of detention are fair and equal to those accorded to local person. At your request, consular officials can assist you in a number of other ways, including notifying your family or friends of the situation, providing a list of lawyers, providing you with information on the local judicial and prison systems and facilitating the transfer of funds to you.

For more information of arrest and detention, please refer to our publication A Guide for Canadians Imprisoned Abroad

List of Lawyers Practising in Taiwan

The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei accepts no responsibility for the probity or ability of the practitioners on this list of lawyers (all of whom offer services in English and Chinese) nor for the fees which they may charge. The information on the list was provided by the firms themselves and does not imply endorsement by the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei.

Should you wish to consult with a lawyer regarding legal matters and require the list of lawyers, please contact our office at tapei-cs@international.gc.ca.

List of hospitals in Taiwan

If you have a medical situation and would like to obtain a list of hospitals, please contact our office at tapei-cs@international.gc.ca.

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Date Modified:
2014-03-03