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In part 2 of the IEC Visa content series, we will be covering the start of the application process. If you’ve missed part 1 or want to familiarise yourself with what an IEC visa is then you can find that here.
So you’ve decided that you’re interested in moving to Canada on a working holiday visa…once you’ve checked that you meet the necessary criteria (age requirements & country eligibility) you’re good to go ahead with the application process.
How to start the application process
Starting the application process is relatively easy, so easy you can do it yourself. I made the mistake in going through Bunac, A travel agency that specialises in working and volunteering abroad opportunities. Maybe I didn’t do my research properly or utilise Bunac to its full potential, but that’s one of the reasons as to why I started this content series…to make sure that you don’t make the same mistakes that I did! (I’ll explain more about Bunac in part 3).
So anyway back to the application process. The first thing you need to do is create a profile on the canadian government website, that will be later submitted into a pool for random selection.
Upon creating your profile you will be asked a bunch of questions to check your eligibility, these questions will be pertaining to your:
- country of citizenship
- country of permanent residence
- country of residence
Once these have been answered and you’ve been given the green light, you can then go on to complete your profile for submission. For this next section you will need your passport to hand and be prepared to fill in contact and identity info.
That’s it!! Now all you have to do is submit your profile to the relevant pool & wait to see if you are sent an invitation to apply.
That’s all for now folks.
In part 3 of this series we will be looking at the services that Bunac offer (in relation to the working holiday visa) & whether the services will be of any benefit to you.
Thanks for reading guys 🙂 as always if you have any specific questions you would like me to answer please drop me a message & I’ll try by best to answer them.
Hey guys, apologies for the length of time I have been away…there’s been a lot going on in my personal life but hopefully things will be smooth sailing from here onwards.
Before we get into this post I just want to take the time out to wish everyone well in these uncertain times, I pray that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.
In my last post (which was a while back now) I promised a new content series surrounding everything regarding Canadian working holiday visa also known as an IEC visa. In this post I will outline exactly what an IEC visa is and how you go about obtaining one.
First thing to note is that there are 3 types of IEC visas; Young professionals, International CO-OP (Internship) and working holiday – We will be focusing on the working holiday visa
What is a working holiday visa?
As mentioned above, a working holiday visa is one of three types of IEC (International experience canada) visas.
As this is seen to be a long term ‘holiday’ (2 years maximum) the idea is that you can work in order to fund your holiday, hence the name ‘working holiday visa.
This type of visa provides you with an open work permit which means that you can pretty much do any type of work with any type of employer. However if you want to work with kids, the elderly or any one who is recognised as a vulnerable person, then you will need to undergo a medical exam.
Who can apply for a working holiday visa?
Before even thinking to apply for a working holiday visa, there’s a few criteria that you need to make sure you meet:
- Age requirements: Applicants need to be between the ages of 18-30 (this is for the UK – varies country to country)
- Country eligibility: you need to check whether the country in which you have your citizenship with, has an agreement in place that allows you to apply for the visa (you can check the list here– at the bottom of the page)
I’m interested… how can I apply?
To apply for a working holiday visa you first need to become an candidate within a pool…
I will go on to explain more about this in the next segment – which should hopefully be out within the next week.
Thanks for reading guys 🙂 If you have any specific questions you would like me to answer please drop me a message & I’ll try my best to answer them