Moving overseas for a working holiday is an exciting process, but it can also be a stressful one. I have put this working holiday checklist together for Australian that are moving to Canada, although this working holiday checklist will be useful for anyone moving overseas.
Before you leave on a working holiday checklist
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, sending ALL requested documents. An incomplete application can result in delays. I 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 for all activities you plan to participate in and all destinations you plan to visit. I recommend World Nomads
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 before you leave home. 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 employer’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 nowhere 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. Here are 5 things to love about 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 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 in case.
O See a Travel Doctor- you may need vaccinations. The Travel Doctor website is a great place to find out more.
O Print all documents including proof of travel insurance, plane tickets, proof of funds, VISA documents, hotel/hostel reservation and address. Just in case you get pulled into customs and questioned.
O Scan all documents including credit cards, license and passport and email them to yourself.
O Get a travel money card and a spare bank card. Leave 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 in case.
O Arrange your International license before leaving Australia. You can apply here.
O Assign someone to act on your behalf at your bank, Medicare, tax office and Centrelink, in case of an emergency.
O Read up on Canada. I like the Lonely Planet Guides.
That’s everything you need to do before you leave Australia!
So you have arrived- Checklist!
O Set up your overseas phone
O Set up a bank account – I banked with CIBC.
O Set up SIN – Social Insurance Number
O Explore – you’ve put in the hard work to get to Canada and it’s finally time to explore. YAY!
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