Taiwan-France working holiday program to be launched soon

France will be granting Taiwanese youth the working holiday visa soon, the Bureau Francais de Taipei said Wednesday at the institute’s name change press conference. The Taiwan-France working holiday program is at its final stage of completion and hopefully will be ready before the arrival of summer, said the Bureau Director Patrick Bonneville.

Bonneville noted that a consensus has been reached between the two sides and France will become a new working holiday destination for Taiwanese people as soon as the administrative procedures are finished.

“We hope as soon as possible, ” Bonneville said, but he was unable to give a date for the launch.

Taiwan currently has working holiday visa agreements with six countries — Canada, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia, and Germany. France is expected to be the seventh.

Institut Francais de Taipei, a name used by the French representative office in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic ties since 1991, was changed to the Bureau Francais de Taipei in accordance with the French government’s cultural policy abroad.

The French government, since the beginning of 2011, has created a specific public establishment responsible for all overseas cultural and promotional affairs and named it Institut Francais.