Feb 7, 2019

*Updated for 2019

Are you a Canadian planning to travel and work in the UK? Then the Canadian’s Guide to getting a UK Working Holiday Visa  is what you need! The Working Holiday Visa gives you the chance to learn about the culture in theUK and experience life as a local – while making some extra cash to help to pay for travel expenses.

It can be confusing, tedious, and tricky to navigate the process of obtaining a work permit for the UK Lucky for you, Stepabroad offers Canadians assistance every step of the way in our UK Working Holiday Program, including obtaining your visa, getting a job and finding long-term accommodation. We take the stress out of planning so you can focus on your upcoming adventures. This program guarantees full-time positions and accommodation at fun summer camps (closed Dec & Jan)  around theUK We provide you with all the support you need to kick-start your adventure in Europe!

Stepabroad has put together this step-by-step guide for Canadians applying for a UK Working Holiday Visa, including where to submit your application and the documents to prepare beforehand.

UK Working Holiday Visa for Canadians

Applying for a U.K. Working Holiday Visa

First things first,  to apply for the UK working holiday visa for Canadians, you need to make sure that you are eligible. For your application to be accepted you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old and not yet 30
  • Hold a Canadian passport that is valid for the entire length of the time you want to work in the UK
  • Proof of sufficient funds (about $3,200 CAD)
  • In good health and fit to travel
  • Be of good character (you have not been sentenced to 12 months or more in prison, part of organized crime, etc.)
  • No dependents(children) accompanying you at any time during your stay
  • Have not previously held this visa

Process Time: About three weeks
Cost of UK Working Holiday Visa Application: $415 CAD
Application Process: In-person and at your nearest UK Visa Application centre. There are 6 locations across Canada: Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Halifax, and St. Johns. You can find the contact details for all locations at the end of this article.

You will also need to pay for healthcare during your application which is about $1,045. This is a requirement and will give you access to the UK healthcare system for 2 years.

UK Working Holiday Visa for Canadians

Step 1: Gather Information

Before you begin you will want to make sure that you have everything that you need ready for the application. To prepare make sure that you have/know the following:

  • Current and any previous passports
  • Parents names and birthdates
  • Address for where you will be staying in the UK
  • Bank statement no more than 30 days from the date of application
  • Payment for the visa processing fee and Immigration Health Surcharge (total of £644 or about $1,050 CAD)
  • Which visa application centre you want to visit (be aware that Halifax and Saint Johns have very limited availability)

U.K. Working Visa Application for Canadians

Step 2: Fill Out The Application

Once you have the collected the above information, you can head to the Working Holiday Visa Application website HERE.

To start your application you will need to set up an account. This part is easy and once you do it you will receive a verification email. Once you verify your account, you can begin filling in the application for the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme by answering all of the questions presented to you. Make sure to read all of the questions carefully and answer them honestly. Forewarning – the UK visa applications asks A LOT of questions.

If you need support with this section – let us know! Contact us to receive our UK Working Holiday Visa Package ($75 CAD) where we will personally assist you over the phone and provide a thorough guide to walk you through every step of the application process. We will explain each of the questions to you and explain how to properly answer each of them. It’s expensive to apply for the visa so you want to make sure it’s done right!

The most time consuming question of the entire UKWorking Holiday Visa application will be when you are asked to provide all of your travel information from the past 10 years. If you have done a lot of traveling then this will take a long time. Make sure to have your passport, and any old passports, handy for this questions as you will be asked to input your travel dates.

Canadian's guide to getting a UK Working Holiday Visa

Step 3: Upload Supporting Documents

Once you complete your online application you will be required to upload supporting documents. If you are applying for a working holiday visa, the only document that you are required to upload  is a bank statement proving that you have sufficient funds of $3,200 CAD. You can go to your bank and get a bank statement printed off or print it yourself from home from your online banking.

UK Working Holiday Visa Application for Canadians

Step 4: Pay Immigration Healthcare Surcharge

Once you come to the end of the online application, you will be required to register and pay the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge. The cost converted in to Canadian dollars is about $1,050 CAD – which you will have to pay by credit card. Once you complete your payment you will be given a IHS number – keep this number handy!

Now you can go back and complete your online application!

UK Working Holiday Visa for Canadians

Step 5: Schedule Interview

Unfortunately, you’re not done yet…

After completing the online application, the next step that you need to do is schedule an appointment for your visa interview and biometrics (headshot and fingerprints). Click on the city that is closest to you to arrange an appointment.

All of the application centres charge about $100 CAD for an appointment (except for Toronto – lucky buggers!) Halifax and St. Johns offer VERY limited availability (about once a month) so if you live near either of these cities you won’t have any flexibility when arranging what day you book your appointment. Therefore, make sure to check the dates that they are taking appointments ASAP.

How Canadians can Apply for a UK Working Holiday Visa

Step 6: Visit a Visa Application Centre

On your scheduled day of your appointment you will be required to submit your application, get your headshot taken and give your fingerprints When you go in for your appointment make sure to bring the following documents with you:

  • Printout of appointment confirmation
  • Valid passport
  • Completed visa application
  • Printed bank statement within the last 3 months
  • Immigration Health Service (IHS) number (print out payment form with number)

Do you still have questions about the process of moving to the UK and getting a working holiday job? Contact our team to learn how we can help you on step abroad our UK Working Holiday Program.  We not only get you a job, but FREE accommodation and meals! Not interested in going to the U.K.? Check out our other working holiday programs in AustraliaNew Zealand, Japan, and Chile!

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