Working Holiday IEC Visa

It’s that time of year again when everyone freaks out about getting their Canadian visa. The demand in the UK and Ireland over the last two years has sky rocketed. When I first came out in 2012 I applied for my visa in February and the visas would of been released in December or January. Last year all Canadian visas for Irish residents were taken in about 72 hours in January. Due to this demand UK visas were allocated in 3 batches to avoid such a frantic rush (though this just led to a prolonged frantic rush). FYI UK visa for 2014 are out. (Check here to apply)

How to get a Canadian IEC visa?

I get asked a lot how can people get working holdiay/IEC visa for Canada. So i’ll try explain best as I can here. The big thing to remember is what ever country you are from the best way to get a visa is to check the IEC page of your country religiously. Sounds redicoulous but if you want to be sure of a place you should be check your relevant IEC page daily. In previous years a police cert was needed to apply. Last year this step was removed which was one of the factors the frantic rush began.

Judging from this year’s UK application all that is required for the first step is a photocopy of your passport and resume.

Required documents for the IEC eligibility assessment:

  • A clear, legible photocopy of the identification pages of your passport (family names, given name(s), date and place of birth, passport’s issue and expiry dates). Your passport must be valid for at least one day beyond the date of your departure from Canada and there must be one completely blank page, other than the last page, available in your passport.
  • A complete and up-to-date version of your curriculum vitae (résumé).

No doubt this will lead to mass applications but once you get in early you should be fine.

The big thing to remember is that regardless of what ever a travel agent or working holiday company says to you is that they cannot guarantee you a visa. Nobody can! As I said above the best way to ensure you get your visa is to check your countries IEC page regularly and follow their instructions.

If you have any questions about the process please feel free to leave a comment below.

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