The Working Holiday Visa falls under the International Experience Canada (IEC) immigration program that was created to provide youth with an opportunity to work and travel in Canada on a temporary basis. There are only 32 selected countries that qualify for this program and have a bilateral youth agreement with Canada. In order to qualify for the program, you must be between the ages of 18 and 35.

Candidates in the Working Holiday Visa program are issued with an open work permit, which is valid for one to two years. Open work permits offer the opportunity to foreign nationals to work for any Canadian employer in any part of the country for a specified period of time.

Being accepted for the Working Holiday Visa in Canada is relatively hassle-free as there are very few requirements to meet than most Canadian immigration programs, for example, a job offer is not required in this particular instance. However, there are certain jobs that you will not be permitted to work in, such as health care and day care jobs, as these require strict certifications and approvals from provincial governments.

Eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria for candidates under the Working Holiday Visa program include;

  • Must be a citizen of one of the 32 countries with bilateral agreement with Canada
  • Possess a valid passport for the duration of their stay in Canada
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 35 by the time of application (age and other requirements may vary from country to country)
  • Must have an equivalent of CAN $2,500 upon arrival in Canada to cover initial costs
  • The particular individual cannot be accompanied by family or dependents
  • Have sufficient health insurance cover for the duration of the visit

The benefits of a Canadian Working Holiday Visa

  • Stay in Canada for one to two years depending on the individual’s nationality
  • Work in Canada legally and help fund your stay
  • Gain international work experience and learn about a different culture

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