Friday November 18 2011

Canada Working Holiday Program

What is a Working Holiday Visa?

A Working Holiday Visa is a travel permit which allows travelers to undertake employment in the country issuing the visa for the purpose of supplementing their travel funds. Due to many financial constraints, many travelers may have anticipated that lack of funds might catch them in the other country. Working holiday visa allows them to compensate for the expenses used when they will travel to the foreign country. Allowing them to earn is such an act of kind given to them.


What countries offer such permit?

To practice fairness, the permit is usually done reciprocally. Meaning the country offering the working holiday visa to one citizen, is expected to receive the same treatment to the country of the latter. There is a mutual agreement between the 2 countries so there will be a mutual exchange in financial, cultural and social aspects. Countries that offer such permit include Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and United Kingdom.


How does it apply in Canada?

A person applying for the Canada Working Holiday Visa will include two phases. First is the applicant has to complete the online application process to self-assess his or her eligibility and admissibility. The application form and a customized checklist will be sent to the email account of the applicant at the end of the online process.  The application form will have the unique participant number printed on it. Second phase is that if he or she wishes to proceed he or she must then print the application form and submit it with required attachments to the Consulate General of Canada in Sydney.


What are the Criteria?

The applicant must be 18 – 35 years old, should be a citizen of the country that honors working holiday visa (mentioned above), should possess a departure ticket leaving Canada at the end of his or her authorized period of stay or sufficient financial resources to purchase such a ticket, and should possess sufficient funds to cover expenses the first 3 months of stay in Canada. He or she should also accept to purchase, prior to entering Canada, insurance for medical and health care. The Proof of the insurance coverage must be presented to Immigration officials upon arrival in Canada. And lastly, he or she should pay the participation fee when prompted to do so by the Embassy of Canada in France.


Working Holiday Visa in Canada is also good way of entering the country to appreciate the place and have a direct experience of the events going on there.

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