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What is a working holiday visa?

Working holiday visas were designed for Canadian citizens who want to travel abroad and supplement their stay with a temporary job. Such visas attract a lot of students and young professionals who use their time abroad to gain relevant international work experience in fields relating to their area of employment or study.

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How much does it cost to get a working holiday visa?

Costs for the visa vary from country to country e.g. the cost for the visa for Latvia is CDN $230, whereas the visa costs in Chile are USD $440. Additionally, travel to the country you choose will affect the price as will accommodation and the cost of living and the rate of exchange you get for your Canadian dollars.

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Which countries participate in the working holiday visa scheme?

The following countries take part in the program: Australia, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the UK. Austria and Switzerland have working holiday visas for young professionals and students in co-op education programs.

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How do I qualify for a Working Holiday Visa?

You must be a Canadian citizen living in Canada aged between 18 and 35. Each country participating in the working holiday visa program also sets its own eligibility criteria; many only extend working holiday visas to those aged 18 to 30.

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