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Canada Working Holiday Visa

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About the Canadian Working Holiday Visa

General Information

If you have ever wondered what it’s really like to live, work and travel in Canada, perhaps you should be considering applying for a Canadian working holiday visa.

The Canada working holiday visa – also referred to as an IEC working holiday visa – provides young individuals with the opportunity to experience the Canadian way of life.

With this IEC visa, you can work in Canada and embrace the Canadian lifestyle for up to 12 or 24 months (visa duration depends on your country of citizenship).

To be eligible for this visa, you must be aged 18 – 30 (or 35 for some nationalities).

Working holiday visas are distributed through nationality ‘pools’. Each eligible country is allocated a specified number of visas each year. Individuals must first create an IEC candidate profile in order to apply. Successful candidates will then receive an invitation to complete their applications.

The IEC visa can be secured easily online with Visa First.

We will guide you through your Canadian working holiday visa application to ensure you have the best possible chance of receiving your visa.

Simply check if you meet the Canada working holiday visa requirements listed below, and let Visa First take care of the rest.


You can apply for this visa if:

  • Hold a passport from an eligible country
  • Your passport must be valid for the entire period of your intended stay in Canada (26 months minimum validity is recommended)
  • Be aged 18-30 years (or up to 35 for some nationalities at the time your application is received

In order to apply for this visa you will be required to provide a number of documents. These may include:

  • Have a clean criminal record (the Canadian Immigration Authority will check your criminal history for any serious crimes convictions, or restrictions to enter foreign countries)
  • Provide proof of sufficient funds (C$2,500) to support your stay in the country
  • Possess a return ticket or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket
  • Undergo additional medical examinations if you are willing to work in the health services field occupations, primary or secondary school, teaching or childcare.
  • Agree to hold medical and comprehensive hospitalization and liability insurance to remain in force throughout your stay in Canada
  • Provide biometrics (fingerprints and a photo) if you are national of Europe, Africa or the Middle East
Canadian IEC Visa Processing Time

Processing time for the IEC visa depends on the Immigration Office


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