This blog covers everything you need to know if you are planning a working holiday in Canada.
Before you leave Check List
O Passport– Ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months longer than your expected date of return.
O VISA- Applying for a VISA can be a timely process. Make sure you leave yourself with at least 3 months to complete a VISA application, you don’t want to book flights and not have your visa on departure. To apply for a VISA start by finding the Embassy website for the country you plan on working in. Read all the information thoroughly and make sure you fill out all forms correctly and send in all requested documents, an incomplete application can result in delays. I would recommend having someone check your application to make sure you have completed everything correctly.
Follow this link to apply for a Canadian Visa
O Travel Insurance- Who needs it? You do! Purchase travel insurance before you leave your home country, you never know what could happen when you overseas. Make sure you research your travel insurance and ensure it covers you or all activities you plan to participate in and all destinations you plan to visit.
O Job Preparation- If you’re like me you will want to be prepared. Sending out your resume before you leave your home country is a great idea. Interviews can be arranged via skype and you can secure a job position before you leave your country. When you decide on the city or area you want to work in, simply Google jobs in that area within your industry of expertise. You will come across advertised positions, and even if you don’t, still send in your cover letter and resume. A cover letter is a MUST and a resume tailored to the job you are applying for will help. Don’t expect to get a call back straight away. If you don’t hear anything don’t stress, some employee’s prefer to hire people who are already in the area. If you are persistent enough, you should get a job offer.
O Book Accommodation- You don’t want to turn up at the airport with no where to go. Make sure you arrange your first few nights accommodation. If travelling solo, I recommend staying in a local hostel. You meet so many likeminded people doing a similar thing, and looking for company. I met some of my best friends in hostels.
O Arrange airport Transfers- If you are confident with public transport, great! Take a bus and save $$. If it’s your first time travelling and you have a lot of luggage I would recommend booking a transfer. Transfers are easy, stress free and on average $25. Transfers take you directly from the airport to your hotel/hostel door. If you decide to take public transport, I would recommend having the address and local taxi number saved just incase.
O See a Travel Doctor- you may need vaccinations.
O Print all documents including proof of Travel Insurance, Plane tickets, proof of funds, VISA documents, Hostel reservation/address.
O Photocopy all documents including credit cards, license and passport. Make 2 copies- 1 for you to travel with and 1 to leave at home. Or simply email them to yourself.
O Get a travel money card and a spare bank card. I recommend leaving them in separate places in case you lose one.
O Take 2 forms of ID- I travelled with an 18+ Card, my license and my passport. Just incase.
O Arrange your International license before leaving your home country
O Assign someone to act on your behalf to Centrelink, your Bank etc incase of an emergency.
O Read up on where you are going.
So you have arrived- Checklist!
O Let the family know you have arrived safely
O Set up your overseas phone
O Set up a bank account
O Set up SIN/TFN/equivalent.