How do I apply for a WHV (Work Holiday Visa) for Canada?

Watch out ! This tutorial has been made first for French and Belgium people. Differences could exist for other countries.

Step 1

To apply for a WHV, you must first register on the Canadian immigration website, you can either use a connection partner, or connect with a GCKey. To create a CG key click here.

Once your account is created, you’ll need to choose the pool you want to enrol. Choose the IEC similar to the WHV. That's it! You’re registered in the pool!

Step 2

Now you’ll need a lot of luck, because it will depend on a draw. Once you’re drawn, you’ll receive in your immigration account an invitation to submit your request. The following documents will be requested from you to download from the site:

  • Family information

  • Your Resume (giving the last 10 professional / unemployed years in addition to diplomas)

  • Passport photocopy

  • RV photocopy of identity card

  • A passport type photograph

  • Different medical visits (not for everyone)

  • Payment of 335 $ CAD (about 230 €)


Don’t forget! The more specific you are in the documents you provide, the faster your request will be processed.

Once all the documents have been sent, you’ll receive confirmation that the request has been sent and transmitted online.

Step 3

In the following days, you’ll receive a "Biometric Request Letter", this letter will ask you to come to a Canadian immigration centre to take your fingerprints. The website offers to make an appointment (in France up to 1 month of waiting).

Step 4

Once this administrative hell has passed, you’ll soon receive a letter confirming the validity of the biometric information given.

Step 5

A little wait .... and shortly after you’ll receive a letter confirming your request for a WHV! Well done, all you have to do is pick up your official document when you arrive at Canada's airport.

Once at the airport you’ll be asked why you’re coming to Canada and how many days you’ll be staying there. Indicate an approximate figure and provide the eTA number which is in the letter, and you’ll be redirected you to the Immigration office to give several documents :

  • This WHV validation letter

  • Your passport

  • A bank statement proving that you have at least 2,500 Canadian dollars on your account or a return ticket to your country

  • Proof of your health insurance

You’ll then get the precious WHV !! Don't lose it ;)

Here for my part are the deadlines for the different stages:

Stage 1: May 19, 2019

Stage 2: June 6, 2019 (I was drawn quickly this is rare)

Stage 3: June 7, 2019 (appointment made on the 21st)

Stage 4: June 27, 2019

Step 5: July 2, 2019

Aq: The duration of your WHV can vary due to several factors: the expiry date of your passport, as well as the expiration date of your health insurance. Think about it to avoid unpleasant surprises.

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