Immigration Canada issues a working holiday style visa for partnering countries. Visas are in limited supply and if you leave it too late you could miss out.
In recent years the demand for visas from British passport holders has exceeded the quota and the programme has closed part way through the year. Below are a few points to consider if you are a British passport holder hoping to travel on the International Experience Canada visa programme:
- The visa quota is based on the calendar year.
- The new programme is expected to open in January 2013. Keep an eye on the Immigration Canada website (links from our Working Holiday Visas page). We’ll also update you here.
- Last year there were 5,350 IEC places for British passport holders and the programme closed on 28th May 2012.
- When the programme opens there is expected to be a rush for places. This puts Immigration Canada under great pressure. Based on previous years, processing times may vary. Don’t make firm travel plans until the visa authorisation has been granted.
- Spend time reading the IEC eligibility conditions and visa application instructions carefully. Check your application and documentation to be absolutely sure that the visa application is correct.
- Errors or omissions won’t necessarily disqualify you but they are likely to cause a delay to the visa approval process.
- In previous years applicants have needed to include a police check. You can review what this entails at the following website.
Information for nationals of other countries who want to work in Canada can be found on the Immigration Canada website. See our Working Holiday Visas page for more information and appropriate links.
The following International Experience Canada programmes are now open:
Australian citizens. Unlimited Working Holiday places. More information here.
New Zealand citizens. Quota: 2,500 Working Holiday places. More information here.
Japanese citizens. Quota: 6,500 Working Holiday places. More information here.