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Canada Working Holiday Visa

Canada Working Holiday Visa Criteria


  • Aged between 18 and 30
  • Be from a country that has an agreement with Canada
  • have a return ticket ticket
  • Get travel insurance
  • Not have held a Working Holiday IC Visa before
  • Have a passport valid for the duration of your stay
  • Not be accompanied by dependents

Canada Working Holiday (IEC Visa)


The Working Holiday Program enables young adults to live, work and travel in Canada for up to two years.

The Canadian Working Holiday Program is called the International Experience Canada (IEC) Visa.


Benefits of the IEC Visa


The IEC offers applicants temporary work permits to live and work in Canada. The work permits are only for young adults, so you need to meet the age requirements to apply.

The IEC Working Holiday Visa is valid for up to 24 months, and the length of your stay is dependent on your country of origin.


Countries that are a part of the IEC Working Holiday program


  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic,
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom


Steps to apply for the Canadian Working Holiday Visa


You must first create a profile to begin the application process. The profile notifies the Canadian authorities of your interest in receiving a working holiday visa for Canada.

If you are a successful candidate, you will receive an invitation to complete an application for a work permit.


Documents needed for a Working Holiday Visa in Canada


You will need to upload:

  • Police certificates – These must be from countries in which you have spent six or more months living in consecutively since turning 18 years old.


  • CV/resume – This document will describe your education, qualifications, and work history.


  • Passport – You must provide a clear copy of your passport to indicate your country of origin.


  • Digital photo – A full front view digital photo of your head and top of shoulders is needed. The photo should follow passport photo guidelines. The photo frame size needs be at least 35mm x 45mm. The size of your head in the photo must be between 31mm and 36mm.


  • Family information – A family information form IMM 5707, must be filled out and submitted.


After the application process, you need to provide the following further documents:


  • Biometrics – These include fingerprints and photos submitted electronically.


  • Port of Entry Letter – You will receive a Port of Entry Letter if your application is approved. You will need this letter to gain entry in Canada upon arrival.


  • Visitor Visa/Electronic Travel Authorization – Approved applicants receive a Visitor Visa/Electronic Travel authorization along with their Port of Entry Letter. You will also need this document upon arrival in Canada.


  • Financial support proof – The IEC program requires all approved applicants to prove that they have a minimum of $2,500 CAD to cover expenses upon arrival. You will need to prove you have the financial ability to buy a departure plane ticket to leave Canada upon the work permit expiring.


  • Health insurance – Although you do not need health insurance when applying for the IEC program, you do need it once you arrive. You will need to have health insurance to cover your entire stay in Canada.


Other IEC Visas to consider


There are three different categories available to candidates to apply for work permits to Canada.

The categories for working holiday visas are:

  • Working Holiday


  • Young Professionals – for post-secondary graduates, seeking to further their careers by receiving professional work experience in Canada. You must sign an employment offer letter or contract for employment with a Canadian employer before applying for the work permit.


  • International Co-Op – The category is designed for young adults that are enrolled at a post-secondary institution in their country of origin. You must complete a work placement or internship in Canada to fulfill a portion of your academic curriculum. In addition, you must be a registered student for the duration of the internship.


Stay in Canada after completing an IEC Working Holiday Visa


It is possible to use an IEC Working Holiday Visa as a path to full permanent residency. The Canadian Experience Class (CEC) is an immigration program for those with at least one year of work experience in Canada, and your time spent working in Canada counts towards the CEC visa criteria.

IEC holders are also eligible to apply for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) or the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).


Where to apply for a Canadian Working Holiday Visa


Apply directly with IEC


You will need to follow the application process step-by-step – and you will need to create an online IEC profile. With this option you alone will be responsible for your application.


Аpply with Migration Consultant


If you don’t want to complete the application yourself, you can choose the help of an agent.

Migration Consultant LLC will help you with your visa paperwork and even boost your chances of a successful outcome.

Migration Consultant provides a fast and convenient service. Our Canadian Working Holiday specialists will answer all the questions you may have and help you through the entire process, from start to finish.

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