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How to Apply For Canadian Holiday Work Visa

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A holiday work visa like the name suggests is provided for persons who would want to work during the holidays in Canada. This is a temporary work visa that is open to international workers from only 34 countries that are part of a consensual youth mobility agreement with Canada.

The working holiday visa is also part of the International Mobility Program (IEC) and is provided as an open work permit that has a duration of at least 12 months and a maximum of 24 months which depends entirely on the country you nationalize.

This work permit provides a great opportunity for the youths to come to Canada to work and gain some experience. Applicants who meet the requirements and are eligible will be added to a pool of International Experience Canada (IEC) candidates.

Furthermore, you’d receive a message in your MyCIC account that confirms you have been added to the pool. Below are the list of eligible countries, so, if you are from any of the countries listed then you have a good chance to improve your career.

However, in accordance with the Covid 19 procedures, applicants will have to first be vaccinated before they are allowed into the country

Countries in the International Experience Canada (IEC) Program

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


Steps to Apply for the Canadian Working Holiday Visa

There are basically two steps to apply for this visa, which is to first create an online account and then submit your application. You will be required to provide several documents and provide answers to some important questions.

After you are done creating your account you will wait in a pool for a draw to take place. If you are selected you will receive an invitation letter which you will need to accept within 10 days.

You will also be given a 20-day window to submit your application after you received your invitation. Below are the documents you will need to submit along with your application.

You need the following to apply:

  • Valid passport;
  • Be a national in any of the 34 participating countries;
  • Aged 18-35 (For some countries the age limit is 30 for certain countries);
  • Have a saved fund of $2, 500 to cover initial expenses;
  • You’d have to purchase Health insurance;
  • You’d have to obtain a Police clearance certificate;
  • You’d have to submit your CV or résumé
  • Provide a readable copy of your passport
  • You’d also have to provide a digital photo of yourself
  • Pay the required fees
  • Round-trip ticket or sufficient funds to cover one; and
  • No dependents
  • Provide documents that prove your education, work history, and background
  • Provide documents to support the information you provided in your IEC profile

How Does the IEC Pool Work?

The IEC profile that you created can be entered into a pool during each IEC season. If you submit your profile into a pool for each IEC season, you will be eligible to receive an Invitation to Apply.

Keep in mind that you can only get one IEC profile which can place in more than one IEC pool. You will be notified when each pool is ready and available to you to submit your profile. Below are some of the available pools you are can submit your profile to:

  1. International Co-op (Internship)
  2. Young Professionals
  3. Working Holiday

Supposing you submitted your profile to the Working Holiday pool and International Co-op (Internship) pool, you will likely receive your invitation for a Working Holiday category, and will only receive an invitation to apply for the International Co-op category if there are no remaining spots left in the Working holiday category.

How long does it take for your application to be processed?

The application process does not take time generally, it will all depend on the date you submit your application and how ready your documents are. However, if you submitted your application on October 22, 2021, and on March 31, 2021 you won’t be receiving any refunds.