What is the IEC Working Holiday Visa in Canada program?
It provides temporary work permits to young people from over 30 countries, so they can legally live and get a job in Canada. The permits are valid for either 06 or 24 months, depending on your country of citizenship.
Successful candidates will receive an invitation to formally complete their application for a work permit, however this success is subject to eligibility and availability.
How to get a Working Holiday visa in Canada
Draws take place at “regular intervals”, where candidates are selected at random to receive an invitation to apply for a work permit, until all places are filled for the year. This means you can create a profile and become a candidate at your leisure, any time after the opening date for your country.
However, your best bet is to become a candidate as early as possible for a working holiday visa in Canada, as this IEC category is particularly popular. This will expose you to a greater number of these draws.
To be eligible for Working Holiday Visa in Canada, candidates must:
> Be a citizen (passport holder) of one of the 35 countries that have a “bilateral youth mobility agreement” with Canada. In other words, one of the International Experience Canada participating countries.
> Have a valid passport for the duration of the stay in Canada (the work permit issued will not be longer than the validity of the passport).
> Be between the ages of 18 and 30 or 35 (inclusive) at the time of application. The upper age limit depends on the applicant’s country of citizenship, as outlined in our International Experience Canada country list.
> Have the equivalent of at least CAD$2,500 on landing to help cover initial expenses.
> Get a health insurance for the full duration of their Working Holiday Visa in Canada (participants may have to present evidence of this insurance at the point of entry in Canada). View providers and get quotes on our travel insurance for Canada page.
> Be admissible to Canada.
> Have, prior to departure, a round-trip ticket or the financial resources to purchase a departure ticket for the end of their authorized stay in Canada.
> Not be accompanied by dependents.
> Pay the appropriate fees, as outlined in the ‘Apply for a work permit’ section below.
> Citizens of certain countries are also required to be resident in their country of citizenship at the time they apply for their Working Holiday Visa in Canada.
Other IEC categories
In countries where it is available, the Working Holiday Visa in Canada category is popular as it provides participants with an open work permit, which they can use to work with any employer. You may be eligible for, and interested in, these other categories:
The Young Professionals category is designed for foreign youth, particularly post-secondary graduates, who wish to further their careers by gaining professional work experience in Canada.
International Co-op (Internship)
The International Co-op (Internship) category is designed for foreign youth who are enrolled at a post-secondary institution in their country of citizenship.
Applicants must want to complete a work placement or internship in Canada to fulfill part of their academic curriculum and be registered students for the duration of the internship. Permits issued under this category are generally valid for up to 12 months, though some participants may be issued a longer validity due to their citizenship.
Applicants must have a signed job offer letter or contract for a work placement or internship in Canada that meets the requirements of their academic curriculum in their country of citizenship.
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