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Here you’ll find top tips for working holidaymakers, our picks for this year’s best tourist destinations, business travel advice & much more



Why You Should Plan Your 2022 Canadian Working Holiday

Canada is one of the most popular working holiday destinations in the world. With its friendly locals, bustling cities, and scenic outdoors, it’s little wonder that so many people flock here every year. After all, who wouldn’t want to travel to Canada to earn money while taking in the sights? And as the country re-opens […]

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What is the Canadian ETA?

Have you got a trip to Canada coming up? If you’re planning a trip to Canada, you may need to apply for a Canadian ETA beforehand. Securing what you need for a trip overseas can be overwhelming and stressful. At Visa First, we want to make planning your visit to Canada as stress-free as possible. […]

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Canadian IEC Program Accepting New Visa Applications From 1 March

The Canadian IEC program has just announced that they will be accepting new visa applications on 1 March, albeit with some restrictions. Typically, the program opens every November. However, this was pushed back due to Covid-19 However, the program – which offers visas to working holidaymakers, young professionals and interns – will be reopening its […]

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2018 Was A Record-Breaking Year For Canadian Tourism

For a second consecutive year, a record number of tourists chose Canada for their holiday destination. A massive 21.13 million travellers visited Canada in 2018 – the first time Canada has topped the 21 million mark. The record numbers have been attributed to a number of different factors. For instance, it’s now easier than ever […]

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Terms of working holiday agreement between Canada and Taiwan amended

Canada and Taiwan have jointly announced an amendment to their mutual working holiday visa agreement. Citizens of the two nations are now able to apply for working holiday visas while in each respective country. Taiwanese nationals can apply for a working holiday visa at any government-authorized visa application centre within Canada. Similarly, Canadian citizens can […]

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Applications for 2019 Canadian Working Holiday programme now being accepted

Considering a big move next year? Perhaps Canada will be your destination of choice. The 2019 International Experience Canada (IEC) programme is now open for applications from young people (aged 18-35) around the world. Approximately 30 countries have a reciprocal work and travel agreement with Canada. Under the Working Holiday programme, citizens can live, work […]

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The Cutoff Age Is Now 35 for Australians On IEC Canada Visa

The cutoff age for Australians applying for the International Experience Canada (IEC) work permit is now 35, compared to 30 previously. The change also works both ways with Canadians now allowed to travel to Australia under the International Experience Canada programme up to the age of 35. The move was welcomed by Whistler Chamber CEO Melissa Pace who said that […]

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7,000 Canada Working Holiday Visas Are Expected in 2017

IEC Programme Application Process 2017 As the Irish economy is improving the willingness to travel overseas in seek of employment has dwindled for many, however, experts at VisaFirst say that while some people no longer feel “forced” to move away, Ireland’s love affair with travel has certainly not gone away and an estimated 5,000 Irish […]

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Canadian Working Holiday Visa Program is Now Open

The new quota for the Canadian Working Holiday Visa is now open. The applicants must be between 18-30 (up to 35 if you are an Irish passport holder) years old. The approved applicants have the right to work and travel within Canada up to 24 months with the IEC program. For more information about the requirements […]

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Need Canadian Work and Holiday Visa? Last Chance September 30th!

If you need a Canada Work and Holiday visa, it is better to hurry up. The quotes for the 2016 season are going to be closed. The deadline for that is September 30th. It is important to submit your application within the last few days of September because you are going to wait for a […]

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