Canada Working Holiday Visa

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Talent Migration


A working holiday visa is a residence permit allowing you to undertake employment and holiday (and sometimes study) in Canada, without undergoing the usual costly expenses of finding work sponsorship in advance or going on expensive university exchange programmes.


  • Applicants must first create a profile on International Experience Canada (IEC) candidates, which notifies Canadian authorities of their desire to receive a working holiday visa in Canada.
  • If you’re eligible, you’ll be placed into one or more pools of International Experience Canada (IEC) candidates.
  • You’ll get a message in your account that confirms you are in the pool(s).
  • Successful candidates will receive an invitation to formally complete their application for a work permit.

How the IEC pools work?

Normally, your profile will stay in the pool until:

  • you receive an Invitation to Apply for a work permit,
  • all of the profiles are removed from the pool(s) at the end of the season, or
  • you’re no longer eligible for IEC.

Note: You can only have one IEC profile at any time. However, you can be eligible for more than one IEC pool.

How Invitations to Apply are issued?

Invitations to Apply are issued in the following order:

  1. International Internship (Co-op)
  2. Young Professionals
  3. Working Holiday

If your profile is in an International Internship (Co-op) pool and Working Holiday pool, you’ll receive an Invitation to Apply for an International Co-op category. You’ll only receive an Invitation to Apply for a Working Holiday work permit if there are no spots left in the International Co-op (Internship) category.



12 months





Processing time

4 - 6 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Canada Working Holiday Visa?

10 Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be a Mexicancitizen.
  • Applicant must have a valid Mexican passport for the duration of stay in Canada.
  • Applicant must be between the ages of 18 and 29 (inclusive).
  • Applicant must have sufficient funds to cover initial expenses in Canada.
  • Applicant must have a valid health insurance for the duration of stay in Canada.
  • Applicant must be of good character.
  • Applicant must have, before departure, a round-trip ticket or financial resources to purchase a departure ticket.
  • Applicant must not be accompanied by dependents.
  • Applicant must be able to pay the visa fee.
  • If you decide to work in Canada you need to prepare a CV and must have a conversational English or French.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Canada Working Holiday Visa?

8 Document Required

  • Copies of valid passport or travel document.
  • One recent passport size digital photo.
  • Copies of sufficient financial means e.g original bank statements with banking history, etc.
  • Copies of travel health insurance document.
  • Copies of flight ticket reservation or proof of sufficient funds to purchase one.
  • Original and copies of police clearance certificate.
  • One copy of CV (for employment purposes).
  • Receipt of visa fee.

Talent Migration data for Canada

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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