Canada Working Holiday Visa Process 2023 | Apply Now!

Canada Working Holiday Visa Process 2023 | Apply Now!

Canada Working Holiday Visa Process 2023 | Apply Now!

Interested in a working holiday in Canada in 2023? Find out about International Experience Canada (IEC) Working Holiday work permits (sometimes referred to as a Working Holiday Visa in Canada) on this page.

Great news for those candidates looking for an opportunity that will enable them to explore the country of Canada as well as work in Canada. This opportunity is for all those international people who have a dream of visiting Canada but, due to financial burdens, can’t afford their trip.

So, we have a chance for all interested people who want to wander in the beauty of Canada while working and making money for their trip. Yes, you heard it right. It is now possible for all of you to travel within Canada while making money side by side. For this purpose, you will need a work visa from Canada, termed Canada Working Holiday Visa.

The Canada Working Holiday Visa will allow international candidates to explore the cities of Canada and do their work side-by-side. In this article, we will describe the type of visa and explain all the details and requirements of the Working Holiday Visa. Stay tuned for more information.

What is Canada Working Holiday Visa?

The part of the International Experience Canada (IEC) Program, which allows international candidates to travel to the beautiful cities of Canada as well as work in Canada.

The IEC specially welcomes the young generation from other countries who have an agreement with the Canadian government to exchange young workers. You can also contact a Recognized Organization (RO) that helps students obtain a job in Canada and assist them with the application process. These Recognized Organizations include;

  • Stepwest
  • Swap Working Holidays 
  • Go International. 

The Working Holiday Visa will get you an Open Work permit, allowing you to move to Canada and find a job. This visa will be valid for up to one year, and after the expiry, you will be bound to return to your home country. On this visa, you can work for as many employers as possible.

Eligibility for Working Visa in Canada

To be eligible for Working Holiday Visa in Canada, candidates must:

  • Be a citizen (passport holder) of one of the 35 countries that have a “bilateral youth mobility agreement” with Canada. In other words, one of the International Experience Canada participating countries.
  • Have a valid passport for the duration of the stay in Canada (the work permit issued will not be longer than the validity of the passport).
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30 or 35 (inclusive) at the time of application. The upper age limit depends on the applicant’s country of citizenship.
  • Have the equivalent of at least CAD$2,500 on landing to help cover initial expenses.
  • Be able to take out health insurance for the full duration of their Working Holiday Visa in Canada (participants may have to present evidence of this insurance at the point of entry in Canada).
  • Be admissible to Canada.
  • Have, prior to departure, a round-trip ticket or the financial resources to purchase a departure ticket for the end of their authorized stay in Canada.
  • Not be accompanied by dependants.
  • Pay the appropriate fees, as outlined in the ‘Apply for a work permit’ section below.
  • Citizens of certain countries are also required to be resident in their country of citizenship at the time they apply for their Working Holiday Visa in Canada.

How to Apply for Canada Working Holiday Visa?

The application process will take time and involves the following steps.


The first step includes making a profile and submitting it to the Government of Canada for the application process following the following points;

  • Go to the official website: CIC, and make a profile using your bank information.
  • Answer the following questions on the eligibility test: Are you a student? Do you have a job offer? Which country do you belong to? Citizenship? Country of permanent residence?
  • The system will make sure that you are eligible for the visa or not; once approved, you will be directed to the page where you will make your profile.
  • Fill out the profile form will all the required fields.
  • Submit the profile form, and wait for approval.

All applicants must complete their profile within 60 days of the starting date.


Step 2 involves entering into the pool of different categories. You must apply again if you are in the pool for one season and still don’t get an invitation.


You will need to check your account and look for any invitations you have received. The candidates are selected randomly, so you can check if there are chances of selection.

It is totally up to you whether you accept or decline the invitation. You will need to make a decision within 10 days of invitation. The declination will not remove you from the pool of applications, and you will still have a chance to get another invitation.

If you receive more than one invitation from different pools, such as; Young professionals or working Holiday visas, then you will decide to choose any one of the invitations.

You will have 20 days after accepting an invitation to apply for the work permit.


You will have 20 days to apply for the work permit, which seems a pretty short duration of time, so you must start applying for the work permit as soon as possible and collect all the necessary documents, and fill in the section with the following questions;

  • There will be a field with the question of employment number; you must type the number “A999999”.
  • The next question is whether your employer paid the employer Compliance fee, select “No.”
  • In the field of employer address, type “not applicable”

Once the questions are answered, the list will appear with the information of supporting documents, which you will need to submit; these may include;

  • Clean police certificates
  • CV/Resume
  • Medical Exams
  • Passport
  • Digital photograph
  • Submit a proof document stating Recognized organization is assisting you with your working Holiday Visa.


This step involves paying the application charges, which is as follows;

  • International Canada Experience (IEC) Fee – CAD $100
  • Open work permit fee – CAD $100
  • Biometrics Fee – CAD $85.


Once your application letter is approved, you will receive a Port of Entry (PoE) letter to Canada. You will need to keep the letter with you the entire time you stay in Canada. You will also need to keep the following documents with you once you get to Canada;

  • Passport
  • PoE letter
  • Proof of enough financial resources for up to three months to stay in Canada (CAD $2,500)
  • Proof of health insurance in Canada
  • A return ticket or enough money to book the return flight to your home country.
  • Copies of supporting documents.

How much does a working holiday visa for Canada cost?

The following are the total costs for a working holiday visa for Canada (in Canadian dollars).

Please note that none of these fees need to be paid until you have received and accepted an invite to the working holiday program.

2023 fee list (as per information released so far):

  • Participation fee – $161
  • Open Work Permit Holder fee – $100
  • Biometrics fee – $85
  • Police certificate(s) – country dependent
  • Medical, if applicable* – country dependent, $300-500 average
  • Travel insurance policy for length of intended stay in Canada**
  • Flights/travel expenses to Canada
  • $2,500 proof of funds to show on arrival in Canada
  • Return flight or proof of additional funds to purchase a return flight (credit card is acceptable)

*For those intending to work closely with children or in healthcare AND/OR applicants who have visited certain countries for 6 months or more

**Typical 2 year IEC policy without ski coverage is around £500-600 for British citizens, $2000 for Australians.

Arriving in Canada for your working holiday

With your POE approved, you can now move to Canada anytime within the next year. I would not recommend waiting until just before expiry to activate in case of flight or other travel delays.

On arrival at the Canadian border (land or airport), you will need:

  • Passport
  • Valid POE letter
  • Proof of $2500 in funds – bank statement or online banking print-out dated within last 7 days
  • Proof of a return flight OR additional funds that would be used for a return flight (credit card is acceptable)
  • Proof of insurance for the full length of your intended working holiday in Canada.

Working Holiday Application Advice and Tips

After years of helping others with the working holiday visa application process, I’ve picked up a few bits of crucial advice that may be helpful along the way.

General application advice

  • Be sure to fill in all form fields when completing the IEC application. If a question does not relate to you, enter ‘n/a’ or ‘not applicable.’
  • Some countries have a residency requirement e.g. Sweden, the Netherlands. If you are from one of these countries it is mandatory to list a permanent mailing address in your home country to be eligible for the IEC. If you don’t, you will be automatically refused
  • Always answer as truthfully and completely as you can. If there is not enough space in a field to you to fully answer the question, upload an additional Word document with more information under the ‘Letter of Explanation’ section
  • Don’t leave time gaps in the resume. The resume is NOT designed to be used in Canada to look for work, it is a document required by IRCC to understand your movements (employment, education, travel) prior to the application. The immigration team are not evaluating work/education skills, but are looking for gaps in the resume that may suggest travelling/working in other countries (and hence a police certificate may be required). If you leave gaps, it is very possible IRCC may request more information and this will delay your application
  • The question ‘What is your current country/territory of residence?‘ refers to where you physically are at the time of application. If this has changed since you completed your IEC profile, add a Letter of Explanation in your application and explain where you currently are.
  • Keep in mind that IRCC may contact you and request more documentation, depending on your circumstances. This does not necessarily mean you will not get your IEC work permit, but it will prolong the process


Today we have discussed the details of the Canada Working Visa Holiday process; If you are interested in this, you may check the details mentioned above and apply. 

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