Australian Office
Taiwan

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I apply for an Australian visa?

The Australian Visa Application Centre (AVAC) in Hong Kong is responsible for Australian visa matters for applicants in Taiwan. AVAC can be contacted on +852 2185 6326 or info.auhk@vfshelpline.com.

Please refer to http://www.hongkong.china.embassy.gov.au/hkng/Visas_and_Migration.html and http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1 for details.

If you’re unable to get through to AVAC, please call the immigration hotline at the Australian Consulate General, Hong Kong on +852 25854139 and leave a message. The voicemail of this hotline is checked daily.  Alternatively, send an email to immigration.hongkong@dfat.gov.au.

See also http://australia.org.tw/tpei/Visas_and_Migration.html.

 

2. What notarial services does the Australian Office (AO) provide?

For a fee, the AO can provide a limited range of notarial services. These include:

  • certifying copies of original documents
  • witnessing signatures on certain documents, including statutory declarations
  • administering affidavits, oaths and affirmations 

Appointment bookings can be made here http://aotw.setmore.com/

See also http://australia.org.tw/tpei/certifydoc.html.

 

3. I’m looking to buy/sell land or property in Australia. Can you witness my signature on a land transfer or mortgage document?

AO consular officers can witness signature(s) on property or finance documents but cannot guarantee that they will be accepted by a third party. All documents must be presented in English.

Land transfer and mortgage document requirements vary between Australian states and territories.

For the AO to witness your land transfer or mortgage document you must bring along written instructions from an Australian legal practitioner, law practice licensed conveyancer, or mortgagee (bank etc.).

Witnessing signature on these documents is available by appointment only.

Please note, by witnessing a signature on a document neither the Australian Government nor the AO guarantees the legal effectiveness of the document or the accuracy of its contents.

The AO will not sign or complete any other 'Identifiers Certificates' or 'Verification of Identity Certificates' for a land transfer or mortgage document. The AO can however complete a DFAT Identity Certificate for you. You should check with your Australian representative what is required, and if the DFAT Identity Certificate is suitable, before visiting the AO.   

We cannot provide advice on what documents need to be witnessed or certified.  

 

Queensland Government

For information on witnessing a Queensland land transfer document, please refer to the Queensland Government website: https://www.qld.gov.au/.

See also http://smartraveller.gov.au/services/legalising-documents-overseas.html

 

4. I’m an Australian citizen and I have given birth in Taiwan. How do I apply for an Australian passport for my baby?

There are two steps when applying for a passport for a child born overseas.

1. You will need to apply for an Australian citizenship certificate for your child.

The Visa and Citizenship Office of the Australian Consulate-General in Hong Kong is responsible for Australian citizenship matters for applicants in Taiwan.

Please refer to http://www.hongkong.china.embassy.gov.au/hkng/Visas_and_Migration.html.

2. Once you have received the citizenship certificate, you can apply for an Australian passport at the AO. Please refer to our passports page (http://australia.org.tw/tpei/Passport.html) and passports website (www.passports.gov.au ) for details.

 

You should take into account DIBP and passport processing times before booking any travel.

 

5. Can I still vote while I am in Taiwan?

For information about elections in Australia or voting overseas, please refer to the Australian Electoral Commission website www.aec.gov.au where you can check your enrolment online.

See also http://www.aec.gov.au/Enrolling_to_vote/overseas/index.htm.

 

6. How do I have my marriage recognised in:

a) Taiwan?

Australians wishing to register their marriage in Taiwan should contact a TECO in Australia.

See also: http://smartraveller.gov.au/guide/all-travellers/birth-death-marriage/getting-married-overseas.html.  

 b) Australia?

You will need to contact the relevant state or territory Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (http://www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/family-and-community/births-deaths-and-marriages-registries) to find out what is required.

 

7. How do I register my intention to marry in Australia?

You will need to complete a notice of intended marriage application form (https://publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/notice-of-intended-marriage) which can be witnessed by the AO.

Appointment bookings can be made here http://aotw.setmore.com/

 

8. I’m a dual national. Do I need to complete military service in Taiwan?

To check your military service obligations, please contact the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Offices in Australia (http://www.teco.org.au/). Seek this advice in writing before leaving Australia and take a copy with you. 

See also http://smartraveller.gov.au/tips/dual-nationals.html.

 

9. Do I need a visa for Taiwan? If I want to stay longer in Taiwan where should go to apply for my visa?

If you’re in Australia, please contact TECO (http://www.teco.org.au/).  

If you’re in Taiwan, please contact Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) (http://www.boca.gov.tw/mp?mp=2).

 

10. I’m an Australian and I’ve just move to Taiwan. Where can I get relocation information?

Information for Foreigners is a website for expatriates in Taiwan and provides information on visas, employment, education, health insurance, tax, investment and more.

The Community Services Centre (www.communitycenter.org.tw) in Taipei provides counselling, life skills program, cross-cultural education and information to meet the needs of the international community in Taipei.