How do I apply for my working holiday visa for Canada

  1. Step 1: Determine your eligibility

Please note that the annual number of granted visas is limited. Therefore we recommend you to apply as soon as possible. Find out if there are still rounds of invitations left for your nationality.

Please use the the online tool “Come to Canada” to check if you meet the criteria in order to participate in the IEC Travel and Work programme. One of the questions will state:

  1. Step 2: Submit your application . Please click here to apply
  2. Step 3: Accept invitation and apply for a work permit onlineBecome an au pair in Canada

If you are invited to apply, you will be notified correspondingly in your MyCIC Account. From now on you will have 10 days to decide if you intend to accept the invitation. Once you have accepted it, you will have 20 days to apply online for your work permit. Ensure that you have all documents requested by the CIC ready ahead of time. Please note that all IEC participants need to pay a $150 CAD fee and Working Holiday participants need to pay an additional $100 CAD on top. To accept the invitation, you need to: proceed to the section called “Applications” in MyCIC. Find the application called “Work permit” and click “Start application.”

  1. Step 4: Wait for processing and receive your Port of Entry Letter

Your application will be processed within 8 weeks. Once your application has been accepted, you will receive a Port of Entry (POE) Letter of Introduction. Please note that you will need to bring this letter along with you to Canada and present it to a Canadian Border Service Officer at a port of entry. After submitting your work permit application with all your final documents, your application will be processed on a “first-in first-out” basis.

  1. Step 6: Undergo a medical examination and have your work permit modified.

Contact a Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Centre for medical examination forms and further instructions. Once they have received your examination results, the CIC will modify your work permit and remove occupational restrictions.