Do you plan on traveling across Canada during the holiday? If that be the case, I will advise you go for the Canadian Working Holiday Visa. A Visa program that allows you to earn for yourself a little income while you enjoy your stay, visiting beautiful places like; the CN Tower, Whistlet Blackcomb, Moraine lake , etc.
What is special about this Visa program?
You might be thinking why this Visa program was recommended in the first place, and how to apply for one.
It might interest you to know that the Working Holiday Visa (WHV) is truly one of the International Experience Canada (IEC) Program. Having a youth mobility agreement with 35 countries allowing youths of this countries to visit Canada with an open work permit. Mind you, this can be valid for a year or two depending on your country of origin.
Countries Eligible for this Visa Program
Listed below are the 35 countries selected by the Canadian government for the Canadian Working Holiday Visa.
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Rep., Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine and United Kingdom.
However, some of the countries mentioned above may only permit it citizens to apply once or twice. This is because, each of this countries has it’s own separate requirements and conditions. Therefore, it will be better if you ask questions to know which is applicable to your country of origin.
What determines my eligibility as an applicant?
Before applying for this Visa program, you are expected to meet the following criteria:
- You must be at least 18 of age and at most 35 depending on your country.
- Applicants must have a valid passport to prove that you are from the opportune 35 countries.
- You are expected to have a minimum of $2,500 for your up keep and round trip tickets.
- Applicants must have a genuine health insurance and police clearance certificate.
- You are not allowed to come with any dependent.
- Luckily, you will not be needing a job offer to be approved for this offer.
What are the places I can visit in Canada?
There are lots of beautiful mountains in Canada and you shall be given an opportunity to explore them as well as national parks such as:
Jasper National Park: This is in Edmonton a nice place for lovers of whitewater rafting, those who loves hiking through canyon or enjoy bird-eye view of awesome scenery.
Whistler: An incredible place in British Columbia, having lots of local stores where people enjoy quality time together. It is a nice place for skiing, snowboarding and bobsled rides. You can also visit Brandywine Fall Province Park during summer to enjoy it’s warm weather.
Whitehorse: Over there in Yukon territory, are beautiful miles Canyon and Wildlife Preserve where you find different animals. Not excluding the magical northern lights which appear during winter.
Additionally, you are being given the opportunity to explore beautiful historical museum like:
Royal Ontario Museum: A breathtaking museum dedicated to art, world culture and natural history. With exceptional exhibition of dinosaurs and spiders to Viking and Roman exhibits.
Canadian Museum of Nature: This is indeed a unique museum for lovers of nature. Though it was built as a natural history museum yet, was enlarged to the anthropological and human history department.
Canadian Museum of History: As someone visiting the country for the very first time, you might want to get a brief history of Canada. Luckily for you there are lots of historical exhibition in this particular museum, ranging from the first people of the Northern Coast and Time Immemorial to the Tsimshian prehistory. A place where you are being given an opportunity to learn the traditional of the Aboriginal people and Canada at large.
Jobs You can Apply for as an Applicant?
The Canadian Working Holiday Visa allows you to work as:
- Local guide
- Retail assistant
- Ski instructor.
- Ski/Board technician in a rental shop
Are applicants allowed to extend their Working Holiday Visa?
You shall be permitted to extend your Canadian working Holiday Visa for a period of 6 months, provided that you apply for an extension 30 days before the expiring date of your Working Holiday Visa.
How long can I wait for the invitation?
As earlier stated, you have to wait for a period of three or four months for an invitation. However, the application process makes it a total of six or eight weeks if you are qualified to apply.