Applying for a Canadian Working Holiday Visa
If you’re planning on doing a season in Whistler and want to work while here, you’re best off applying for a working holiday visa. You can apply for this yourself through International Experience Canada (IEC) or you can use an agent. We would strongly recommend doing it yourself. It’s very simple, and will save you money that will come in handy when you’re looking for accommodation or buying your season pass.
How long you will be allowed to stay in Canada will depend on the agreement your government has with the Canadian government. IEC visas are usually valid for 1 or 2 years.
Each country is given a quota of visas every year. In some cases, such as the UK and Ireland these can be all gone as early as February! So it’s important to know when the visas become available in your country each year and to apply as early as possible.
How do I apply for a Working Holiday Visa for Canada?
Depending on where you’re from you will follow different procedures and need different documents. Click the links below to follow a step-by-step guide for your country.
In most cases applicants applying for their second year IEC visas follow the same steps. Applications for most countries start being accepted in early January.
What documents will I need for a working holiday visa in Canada?
Depends where you’re from but for the most part you will need:
- Proof of payment to IEC
- Copy of Passport
- IEC Conditional Acceptance Letter
- Digital/scanned photo
- Police Certificate
- Family Information Form IMM5707
This is based on what was required for an Irish application in 2013. For 2014 this may be different, so be sure to check out the IEC website for the most up-to-date application information!
You will be able to find out exactly what you need in the step-by-step guide for your country. Note that some of IEC forms you download only open in Adobe Reader so if you have a Mac they don’t open correctly in Preview. Get Adobe Reader here, it’s free.
Popular agents for Canadian working holiday visas
The least costly way to apply for a working holiday visa is to do it yourself. It is fairly straight forward and will save you money. However, if you are unsure and would like peace of mind when applying, we recommend you use one of the well-known working holiday visa agents: SWAP, BUNAC (UK) and USIT (Ireland).