Work in Canada

Visas

With 35+ years’ experience helping travellers make the move to Canada, we know a thing or two about the blurry world of working holiday visas. We guide you through the process, ensuring everything is submitted correctly.

The visa experts How does BUNAC help

Depending on your age, nationality and whether you’ve done a working holiday (IEC) visa in Canada before, there are three types of visas available to work in Canada. We’ve outlined the eligibility criteria, cost and differences below. 

Working Holiday visa applications for Canada are now open for 2022.
The 2022 allocation for Recognised Organisation (RO) Letters and Young Professionals visas has now run out. Join the waitlist here.

Working holiday (IEC) visa

To work in Canada, you need a work permit from International Experience Canada (the IEC) - the immigration and citizenship department of the Canadian Government. A limited number of are available each year, so unfortunately you can’t apply year-round. When you apply, your name gets put into a pool and if you’re successful, you’ll be invited to officially apply for your visa. The pool usually opens at the end of the year or the beginning of the following year. Bookings can be made all year round and we will keep you up to date with visa pool opening and closing dates. However, we recommend booking early in the year for the best chance of securing a visa. The IEC visa pools are currently open for new applications.

 

Aged 18-35, depending on your nationality. See the table below.

 

Visa cost: CAD $253, Biometrics appointment cost: $85, Support funds required: $2,500 (American citizens don’t require support funds).

All nationalities must have no criminal convictions in the past five years.

 

Duration: 12-24 months, depending on your nationality. See the table below.

 

Which nationalities and ages can apply for a Canada working holiday (IEC) visa?

American

18-35 years old

Australian

18-35 years old 

British

18-30 years old (31- 35 years old – eligible for BUNAC Recognized Organisation programme – see below)

German

18-35 years old 

Irish

18-35 years old

New Zealand

18-35 years old

IEC visa FAQs

What is the IEC?

International Experience Canada (the IEC) are the immigration and citizenship department of the Canadian Government. They are responsible for issuing the work permit that allows you to work in Canada.

When should I apply for the IEC visa?

What does 'entering the pool' mean?

What is an ‘Invitation to Apply’?

What is the duration of my visa?

(UK passport holders only) Recognised Organisation (RO) Letter

Think you’re too old to live and work in Canada? Or have you already had an IEC working holiday visa? Brits, we’ve got you.

 

Must be a UK passport holder and aged 31-35.

 

Visa cost: CAD $253, biometrics appointment cost: $85, support funds required: $2,500.

Must have no criminal convictions in the past five years.

 

Duration: 12-24 months.

Recognised Organisation (RO) FAQs

How can I get an RO letter?

The 2022 allocation of RO letters is now sold out. Please add your details to our wait list.

Why does BUNAC have access to ‘Recognised Organisation’ letters?

How much is the RO program?

Why is the RO program more expensive than the regular Work Canada program?

Young Professionals visa Canada

Are you looking for international career experience, or have you already been to Canada on an IEC visa? Swap your office for a mountain view with BUNAC’s Work Canada Young Professionals program.

Must be a UK, US or New Zealand passport holder and aged 18-35.

 

IEC Participation fee: CAD $150, Employer Compliance Fee (paid for by employer): $230.

Must have a job offer for an employer in Canada.

 

Duration: 12-24 months, depending on your nationality. See the below FAQs for more. 

 

All nationalities must have no criminal convictions in the past five years.

Young Professionals visa FAQs

When do I need to apply?

The 2022 allocation for Young Professionals visas is now sold out. Please add your details to our waitlist.  

How long can I work in Canada on the Young Professionals visa?

What type of work qualifies for the visa?

Does my job offer need to be related to my degree?

Can I complete my placement year in Canada on the Young Professional program?

Why do I need to apply through BUNAC to participate?

I've already had an IEC working holiday visa, can I apply for a Young Professionals visa?

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Confused by Canada visas?

Arrange a 1-to-1 video call with our BUNAC Work Canada team to run through your options or check out our FAQs.

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Missed out on Canada visa?

If you’re desperate to hit the snow but missed out on applying for the IEC visa pool or have already done a Canada working holiday, check if you’re eligible for a working holiday in New Zealand or working holiday in Japan. Like the Ultimate Canada, our Ultimate Japan program even hooks you up with a pre-arranged ski season job in Niseko – home to the lightest and freshest powder in the world. Pow!

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