Obtaining your Canadian Working Visa!

The Process for getting your working Visa can be a nightmare! It’s recently changed to a kind of pot luck system whereas when we got our visas it was first come first served.

I don’t believe I would have one now if it was not for Facebook and the many groups where you can find the awnser to almost every question. Over the past year (we got our POEs in July 2015) I have asked many questions but have also answered many now I have more knowledge. I quite enjoy all the banter and reading about other peoples visa journeys.

The link below is to the IEC-Ask Us Anything group – the one I look at most.

IEC -Ask Us Anything!

More importantly the official website for IEC (link below) has a tonne of information on it and you’ll need A LOT of information to apply, including a cv, family information, police checks from every country you have lived in for more than 6 months (I needed 3! – try to get these ASAP), etc etc etc so read up and make sure you don’t miss anything as that may result in you missing out on a place.

You’ll also need to create a My CIC account, this is for all application and from here you can apply, pay and check your application status.

Government of Canada – Work in Canada

Lastly, check out the pic below, super helpful if you are sick of all the reading….



Why Canada?

When we first met, Fergus had already planned to apply for a Canadian working visa. As we got more serious his mind never changed but we did discover that the age limit for New Zealanders is 35 as opposed to the UK age limit of only 30 (I guess the Canadians like the Kiwis more!)

So why the hell not I said? Even though I was only 11 months into my job that I love at TFL, travel has always come before my career so I didn’t spend a lot of time deciding that I wanted to follow the man I love to Canada. I’m a firm believer in YOLO and all those other sayings about life and travel etc.

There is one BIG plus point about Canada for me though and there is no doubt that I will fulfill one lifelong dream and that is to do a ski season. I have skied since I was 5 years old and have always regretted doing Travel Consulrancy at college instead of training to be an instructor, I wasn’t keen on doing white water rafting all Sunmer as I’d been once and it was terrifying. 

I don’t think I’ll become an instructor as that costs an arm and a leg and I think you need to comit to a few seasons for that but even just having the chance to ski in my days off, get super fit and take a few freestyle lessons will be amazing! 

I have always been a snow bunny and lots of people will tell you how excited I get seeing a few snowflakes falling. Will I get as excited having to dig my way out of my house? Hmm, I’m not sure but I hope Fergus will enjoy that challenge……

Why go travelling at 35?!?

There are no limits to the majestic future which lies before the mighty expanse of Canada with its virile, aspiring, cultured, and generous-hearted people. – Sir Winston Churchill

 On June 22nd 2016 my boyfriend of nearly 2 years, Fergus and I are setting off to Canada on a 23 month working holiday visa.
 I am 35 and Fergus is 31. We both have steady well-paying jobs in London, we did have a nice flat we loved, we have lots of friends and very busy work and social lives. Fergus has family in London and his sister is getting married a week before we leave.

So why go travelling at our age??

 I have lived in New Zealand, Australia and the UK for the last 10 years and I have been on A LOT of holidays. 

Growing up in NZ we went away as a family every school holidays, either Skiing in Queenstown, Surfing in Kakanui, Tramping in the Southern Alps somewhere or Camping in Nelson. As a teenager I’d go away with friends for the whole of the holidays and go fruit picking while living in a van or Travelling round the North Island.

 After moving to Australia at 19, I lived in hostels and tents but wasn’t really travelling, I just had no money! I eventually got a good job and a lovely flat (with a pool and Jacuzzi surrounded in palm trees and sun lounges) and blended in with the locals in the tropical North. I went on a few trips, mainly around Australia and to NZ but never actually backpacking for a long period of time.

 In 2006 I arrived in the UK, not on my big OE like most other Kiwis, but to settle down and find a job in a small town in Berkshire. Since I have been in the UK I have been on some unforgettable holidays including 5 star luxury trips to Las Vegas, 2 weeks in beautiful South Africa, Villa stays in Portugal and 4 trips home, one with stopovers in LA and Hong Kong.

 But after all this when people ask me if I have been travelling I say no. I have not had to live out of a backpack and travel constantly. I have not had to wear dirty clothes because I had no washing machine to use and I have not had the chance to get up every morning and not have to go to work but do something exciting, meaningful and potentially life changing.

On June 22nd that will all change……