IEC Canada Visa

2016 IEC Visa allocations end 29/07 so don't miss out! Give us a call today on 0333 999 7516 for more information!

Book your Work Canada experience with a £50 deposit today! Call us now on 033 3999 7516.

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The IEC Work Permit is perfect for working and traveling your way around Canada. 

BUNAC have been helping people with their IEC Work Permit applications for over 25 years and have a good relationship with 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 your application. One of the most common reasons for rejection is an incomplete or incorrect application, so ensure that you are the one who gets their visa application accepted first time with BUNAC’s expert advice.

How can BUNAC help?

Once booked onto the programme, you will gain access to:

  • Advice on your visa application, including access to our Facebook group, online webinars and email and text message alerts.
  • Our Group Flight option with a stop over in Iceland
  • Programme options - Essentials and Ultimate Packages with interviews with employers for those on Ultimate
  • Information on work abroad insurance
  • An insight into the comprehensive support you will receive in Canada.

If you already have a visa, then take advantage of our support package!

Online Work Canada webinar

In order to access the online webinar you first must pay your £50 deposit and become a Work Canada member. Give us a call on 033 3999 7516 to kick-start your Canada adventure.

Are you eligible for the IEC Work Permit?




British citizens 18-30 

Irish 18-35

How many visas were available in 2016?

5,000 (+1000 added)


Support funds

You will need to prove you have access to CAN$2,500 on entry to Canada

Do I need to be in my home country to apply?

No you can apply online from anywhere in the world.

How long can I stay?

1 – 24 months

How long can I work?

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.

How much does the visa cost?

$250 CAD

How do I apply for the visa?

We can carry you through the visa process which is done online via the Canadian government.

How many visas can I have in a lifetime?

The Canadian visa is now a one off two year visa, however...
If you participated in IEC before 2015 for a period of up to 12 months, you are eligible for a second participation of up to 24 months. Those who participated in IEC more than once before 2015 are no longer eligible to apply.

When do I need to apply for a visa?

Visas usually open for applications at the end or the beginning of the calendar year.
2015 visas for Brits were released in March 2015.
2014 visas for Brits were released in December 2013.
BUNAC's Work Canada support programme opens in Autumn of every year to fully prepare participants for the imminent visa release date. 

Can I apply for a visa now?

Changes have been made to the Canadian visa application process which means you can now pre-register prior to visas beings released. To find out more, book onto our Work Canada Programme.

The same process applies for Ireland however please be aware release dates for the visa will be different. 

Do I need insurance?

Yes. You must have health insurance for the duration of your stay. If your insurance is for less than 24 months you may be issued a work permit to only match the length of your insurance policy rather than the full two years. BUNAC have teamed up with Endsleigh to provide a tailored working holiday insurance policy. 

If you have any questions about a working holiday in Canada please call us on 03339997516.

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