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Working Holiday Visa Checklist

Updated: May 18, 2020

International Experience Canada (IEC) permits people 18 to 35 to work in Canada for up to 2 years. One of the programs managed by IEC is the Working Holiday Visa. This program is designed for those individuals who want to work and live in Canada but don’t have a job offer and want to work for more than one employer or location.

Here are the steps required to apply for a Canada Working Holiday Visa.

Step One: Complete an International Experience Canada (IEC) application

There is one pool of eligible candidates per country and per category. In addition to the Working Holiday Visa, there are two other programs: the International Co-op (Internship) and Young Professionals Program.

  1. Determine if you meet the Working Holiday Program eligibility criteria. To participate, your country or territory of citizenship must have an agreement with Canada that allows you to apply for an IEC work permit or you may be able to use a recognized organization (RO)

  2. Create an online IEC profile.

Step Two: Get an Invitation to Apply

Applicants who are invited to apply for an IEC Working Holiday Visa will receive a message in their online account.

  • You have 10 days to decide if you’ll accept the invitation.

  • The deadline to apply will be in your invitation.

  • If you accept the invitation, you have 20 days from the day you accept to apply for a work permit.

Step Three: Apply for a Work Permit

You can apply for a work permit under IEC only if IRCC sent you an Invitation to Apply. You have 20 days to apply for a work permit once you accept the invitation to apply.

  1. Complete the online work permit application truthfully and completely.

  2. Gather all the documents required in the application.

  3. Get a medical exam if required for your specific job category or home country.

  4. Verify your passport is up to date.

  5. Provide a digital photo that meets all specifications.

  6. Pay all required fees.

  7. Submit your completed application within 20 days.


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Calver and Associates is a leading provider of Canadian Immigration services in Durham Region. We serve clients in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and beyond. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in the Oshawa area.

We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.

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