Overview

USIT’S CANADA WORKING HOLIDAY PROGRAM

This way to the pool! The IEC Canada visa pool is still open for 2022. Apply now

WHY DO A WORKING HOLIDAY VISA CANADA?

WHY CANADA

Just like Canada’s greatest export. Maple syrup? No, Ryan Reynolds. Canada is not only incredible to look at, but it’s also full of talent and funny AF. The scenery is next level – with turquoise lakes, snow-capped peaks and golden surf beaches. The cities are the most liveable in the world – cultural and foodie with a party scene that will leave you grizzly like a bear with a sore head. And just like the slopes, Canadian people are just cool. Dry, down-to-earth and friendly. Not to mention, the national dish is fries, cheese and gravy. And the national drink is a Caesar. Like a Bloody Mary (and we all know the rules about these – acceptable in airports, planes and anytime there’s an ‘a.m’ after the small hand) but made with Clamato juice. In short, you’ll be happy as a clam moving to Canada from Ireland.

WHY USIT

It’s easy to see why Canada work visas are a sell out each year. You can apply until you’re 35, stay for two years, and pretty much work in any industry. However, the process around securing a Canada visa can be a confusing one. Enter, the USIT Canada team. We’ll guide you through the visa application, set you up with the basics when you arrive, and help to hook you up with a job – with openings from labourers to ski lift attendants.

About The Visa

How it works

The working holiday Canada visa (or IEC visa) is issued by International Experience Canada –the immigration and citizenship department of the Canadian Government. There are a limited number available each year, which is why applicants must first register their interest by entering the IEC visa pool (clothing not optional). This usually opens at the end of the year/start of the following year. Names are drawn at random, and if picked, you’ll be invited to apply for your Canada visa. It’s basically like a big tombola, but where the prize is moving to one of the most awesome countries in the world. Instead of, we don’t know... talc.

VISA AGE

Irish passport holders must be aged 18-35 (inclusive) at the time of application.

VISA ELIGIBILITY

You must hold one of the following passports: Ireland, Australia, France, New Zealand, Portugal, UK, Chile, Austria, Costa Rica, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, San Marino, Slovenia, Taiwan.

VISA VALIDITY

Irish passport holders will be granted a two-year Canada IEC visa. You can work for the same employer for the full two years, or work for multiple employers.

VISA COST

CAD $253. Your visa fee is paid directly to the Canadian Embassy. However, USIT support you at every stage of the process, including checking your paperwork to make sure it’s filled out correctly.

SUPPORT FUNDS

You must be able to prove you have CAD $2,500 in support funds when you enter Canada.

WORKING IN CANADA: THE FACTS
CANADA WORK VISAS SELL OUT EVERY YEAR, SO GET YOUR SKATES ON
YOU HAVE UNTIL YOUR 36th BIRTHDAY TO GET YOUR VISA APPROVED
YOU CAN STAY AND WORK FOR THE SAME EMPLOYER FOR TWO YEARS
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ABOUT OUR PROGRAM

WHAT’S INCLUDED

Step-by-step guidance with your IEC visa application Pre-departure orientation to get set up for Canada life Exclusive Facebook group to connect with other USIT Canada travellers Comprehensive job support when you land + 1-on-1 CV help Two-year access to our exclusive Canada-wide job database Arrival orientation, free city tours and monthly social events Long-term hostel, housing and travel help 24/7 help and in-country support from SWAP – our Canada partners Two-year access to SWAP’s Vancouver and Toronto resources centers

WHY YOU NEED IT

There’s nothing like trying to de-code an IEC visa application to suck all the joy out of your Canada travel plans. And then before you know it, the visa pool has closed and you’re stuck waiting for another year to apply. Meanwhile, someone else is living the high life in Canada – carving up the slopes in Whistler or downing bottomless Caesars on a rooftop in Vancouver. USIT’s Work Canada program sets you up with everything you need to enter the IEC visa pool, apply for your visa, plan your trip and find a job. Not just when you land – but for the whole two years of your Canada working holiday. Typical jobs on our exclusive database include carpenters, labourers, bartenders, servers, front of house, ski lift attendants, chefs and housekeepers.

DON’T CALL US, WE’LL CALL YOU

Confused by the Canada visa process? We’ve been doing this for time. Arrange a video call with one of our USIT Canada experts or book online with a deposit.

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