How Much is a Canadian Work Visa?

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Behold the hugely popular IEC visa (International Exchange Canada). BUNAC are experts in Canadian adventures and are here to help you every step of the way! Our team of experts have broken down the visa process for you and answered some of the most important questions. Once you’ve got your IEC visa secured, we will help you find your perfect job across the pond with our Work Canada programme.

So, how much is the IEC visa?

The visa costs $250CA and you’ll need $2,500CA available in your bank account as support funds. You’ll be purchasing it from IEC – the immigration and citizenship department of the Canadian government. 

How old do you have to be?

If you’re British, the age range is 18-30 and if you’re Irish it’s 18-35 years old.

How many visas are allocated each year and when do I apply?

This varies year to year, and Canada gives out around 5,000 of these visas to Britain, and around 7,000 to Ireland. The opening date of the IEC visa pool changes from year to year (but is usually between October and April). By signing up to BUNAC’s Work Canada programme, we will give you step-by-step visa guidelines AND email and texts alerts throughout the IEC season, notifying you of what your next steps are. 

What is the application process? 

You’ll need to fill in an initial application form, which again BUNAC will help you fill in correctly – it’s hugely important your application is correct. You will then be entered into a ‘pool’ of candidates and can be selected for an ‘Invitation to Apply’ - from here you will fill out a full application.

How long does the visa last?

Once you’ve secured the visa, you’ll have a whopping 24 months to live and work in glorious Canada! Check out our Ultimate and Essentials programmes to see what kind of work you can score with BUNAC.

Working in Canada doesn’t have to be complicated. BUNAC are the experts in making Canadian dreams come true, so leave the hard work to us. Your Canadian adventure awaits!  If you have any questions or want to start planning your ski season, email us at or give the team a call on 0333 999 7516.

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