Work Canada

At a glance
Cost 359+
Eligibility British 18-30 / Irish 18-35
Duration Brits 12 months / Irish 24 months

WORK CANADA NOW OPEN 

The 2015 BUNAC Work Canada support programme is now open. The 2015 IEC visa release date has not yet been announced. Book now to receive advice on how to get ahead of the game.

Canadian Work Permit

The IEC Work Permit is perfect for working and travelling your way around Canada. There are a limited number of working holiday visas per calendar year and in 2014 the British quota ran out in under 30 minutes.

BUNAC have been helping people with their IEC Work Permit applications for over 25 years and previously processed all British visas on behalf of the Canadian High Commission.

Although you now apply for the IEC work permit direct from the Canadian High Commission, BUNAC can offer advice on the visa process to help you prepare ahead of the release date. One of the most common reasons for rejection is an incomplete or incorrect application, so ensure that you are one of the lucky ones who get their visa application accepted first time with BUNAC’s expert advice.

Are you eligible for the IEC Work Permit?

Nationality British Irish

Age

18 – 30 inclusive

18 - 35 inclusive

How many visas were available in 2014? 5,350 7,700
Support funds You will need to prove you have access to $2,500 on entry to Canada
Do I need to be in my home country to apply? No, as long as your usual place of residence is your home country
How long can I stay? 1 – 12 months 1 - 24 months
How long can I work? Max. 12 months (for 1 or more employers) Max. 24 months (for 1 or more employers)
What sort of work can I do? You can do any kind of work in Canada on the working holiday visa category during your stay but if you want to work with children, teach or in the health field you will need to have a Canadian approved medical
Do I have to pre-arrange work? No
How much does the visa cost? CAN$150 CAN$150
How do I apply for the visa? Via an online application on the IEC website
How many visas can I have in a lifetime? 2 1
When do I need to apply for a visa? As soon as the IEC opens the application process .

This is usually either at the end or beginning of the calendar year. I.e. end of 2014 / beginning of 2015. The IEC applies the principle of "first come, first served" for both assigning places and processing applications.
As soon as the IEC opens the application process

This is usually either at the end or beginning of the calendar year. I.e. end of 2014 / beginning of 2015. The IEC applies the principle of "first come, first served" for both assigning places and processing applications.
Can I apply for a visa now? No. All 2014 visas have been allocated for Brits for 2014.

Sign up our newsletters for 2015 Work Canada visa information. If you're planing on a working holiday in 2014, check out our working holiday packages to Australia and New Zealand.
No. All 2014 visas have been allocated for Irish passport holders for 2014.

Sign up our newsletters for 2015 Work Canada visa information. If you're planing on a working holiday in 2014, check out our working holiday packages to Australia and New Zealand.

All info correct as of September 2014

Not a British or Irish passport holder? Check out if you're eligible for an IEC work permit on the IEC website.

If you have any questions about a working holiday in Canada please call us on 033 3999 7516.

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