Portuguese Citizens Can Now Work in Canada on a Working Holiday
March 20th, 2020 UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, International Experience Canada (IEC) applications are currently on hold. Applications from Portuguese citizens and all other eligible countries are not being processed at this time. Leave us your details in the form at the bottom of this post to find out how you can register for our working holiday program and be the first to know when IEC opens again for Portuguese citizens!
Starting in 2019, Portuguese citizens can work in Canada as a part of a new agreement with International Experience Canada. This agreement between Canada and Portugal allows eligible Portuguese citizens between the ages of 18 and 35 to work in Canada via three work visa categories.
Three Ways Portuguese Citizens Can Work in Canada
- Working Holiday: an open work permit that allows eligible participants to work anywhere in Canada for up to two years.
- International Co-op: an employer-specific work permit that gives eligible students the chance to gain targeted experience in their field of study.
- Young Professional: an employer-specific work permit to gain targeted, professional work experience within the participant’s field of study or career.
Working Holiday in Canada for Portuguese Citizens
The most widely known category in the above list is the working holiday. The working holiday visa is available to Portuguese citizens between the ages of 18 and 35. It is an open work permit, meaning Portuguese passport holders can work in Canada for up to two years in any type of job.
If you are familiar with the working holiday visa for Australia, this is essentially the same type of work visa. However, unlike the Australia working holiday visa, Portuguese citizens can work in Canada for twice as long as Australia and without any employer restrictions. It’s the perfect amount of time to explore this diverse and magnificent country! Sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime right? We sure think so!
As a Portuguese passport holder with a working holiday open work permit in Canada, you are now allowed to work anywhere in Canada. This is a great opportunity to gain international work experience, advance your career, meet new people, improve your English, and immerse yourself in Canadian culture! This also means that we are excited to now be able to help participants from Portugal kick start their experience in Canada on our Canada Working Holiday Programs!
If you are from Portugal, you might have a lot of questions about how to apply for a working holiday in Canada. When can you start your working holiday application? How does it work? How long does it take? We have put together a complete guide on everything Portuguese need to know about the Canada Working Holiday Visa.
How many Canada working holiday permits are available for Portugal?
The number of permits available for Portuguese to work in Canada is determined in the agreement between Canada and Portugal. This agreement is renewed each year. During IEC 2020, there were 1,750 permits in the working holiday permit category for Portuguese. This does not guarantee there will be the same number of available permits next year. However, it should be somewhere close.
How can I start my application to work in Canada as a Portuguese citizen?
The application process is done online through the Government of Canada’s Immigration web portal. Before you can actually apply, there are a series of steps to becoming an applicant. We have broken down each step in our IEC Work Permit Application Guide. We explain every step from creating your profile online in your MyCIC account to waiting for your invitation to apply for your work permit. Once you receive your invitation, we also explain how to prepare your official work permit application.
Stepwest’s programs make the IEC application process easy!
Our Working Holiday Programs provide Portuguese with complete support throughout the IEC work permit application. Our team guides you through every step of the process. Instead of trying to figure out how the pools work, which documents are required, and how to ensure you get the full two-years approved, let our team walk you through it step-by-step. Have the peace of mind knowing you’ve got a team to ask questions and ensure your application is done correctly.
How can Stepwest help me to work in Canada?
Our Working Holiday programs are perfect if you are wanting to travel to Canada, get work experience, and be 100% sure that every detail is covered. We make sure your documents are correct before entering Canada so you get your work permit approved for the full two years. We also ensure your accommodation is booked, and that you have a job offer secured. This means you can feel settled in Canada and start making money right away! Don’t waste time searching for a job and accommodation when you arrive. With our programs, it’s all taken care of. We make the process of coming to Canada to work easy and stress-free!
- Resume revision and preparation for your interviews with Canadian employers.
- Assistance with your work permit application: Document review, biometrics support, and every step after you receive your invitation.
- Job interviews arranged for you.
- Staff housing guaranteed before departure (Resort Job Program only) or Vancouver accommodation options on arrival (City Job Program).
- Pre-departure orientation to prepare for your arrival to Canada and receiving your IEC work permit.
- Welcome to Canada orientation once you arrive in Canada to assist with opening your free bank account, SIN number, phone plan, and more.
- Support from our Canada team throughout your work experience.
- Plus many other benefits to help you settle into your Canadian work adventure!
Stepwest offers two working holiday programs depending on the type of experience you are seeking in Canada:
1) WORKING HOLIDAY RESORT JOB
Secure your job and accommodation before coming to Canada!
Are you passionate about nature and outdoor sports? Our Working Holiday Resort Job Program gives you the opportunity to spend a year working and living in one of Canada’s most famous resorts. This program runs in the summer or winter. Explore the beautiful Rocky Mountains, Lake Louise, Banff, the Okanagan wine valley, laidback Vancouver Island, and much more!
If you like mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, zip-lining, and rock climbing, then the summer season in British Columbia or Alberta is perfect for you! It begins in May/June every year. If you prefer the winter season and love skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and ice skating, the winter season begins in October/November. Explore the Rocky Mountains while living in Jasper, Banff, and Lake Louise. Or live in Whistler for the ultimate Canadian experience with your working holiday permit. Over the course of your two-year work permit, you can literally experience it all!
Planning to come to Canada to work and travel for a whole year or more? Whether you start in the summer or winter, we can secure your job working at a Canadian resort. Your job and accommodation are arranged before you arrive in Canada.
- FAQ’s About Working Holiday Jobs in Canada at Summer or Ski Resorts
- Hiring Seasons for a Ski & Summer Working Holiday in Canada
- 10 Reasons to do a Working Holiday in Canada
2) WORKING HOLIDAY CITY JOB
Your instant connection to the local culture of Vancouver!
With Stepwest’s City Job Program, we provide you with job opportunities on arrival so you can build a network of friends and professional connections faster than if you arrived in Canada on your own. Use these connections to find a position in your career field and make the most of your entire two year open work permit!
With your new job, you can start making money right away. This makes it easier to get settled into your new home in Vancouver, get involved in the local culture, and connect with newcomers just like you.
It’s very common for internationals to get started working in Canada with customer service, retail or hospitality types of jobs. This provides you with the time to get used to the city and learn the standards for your industry in Canada – all while making money. Like Maider, who arrived in Canada and had interviews set up for her by the Stepwest team:
If you are more of a city person but also enjoy having outdoor adventures on the weekend, then this program is for you! Gain experience working in hospitality, retail or many other fields while immersing yourself in Canadian culture. The Working Holiday City Job program guarantees your job placement in Vancouver.
In addition, you can take advantage of our full arrival orientation, first night’s hostel accommodation, interview preparation sessions, resume revision, and much more! We streamline the process of landing a job in Canada. This means you can start enjoying working holiday life faster like Valeria did:
READY TO START YOUR EXPERIENCE WORKING IN CANADA?
Stepwest makes the process of moving to Canada easier. Contact us in the form below and our experienced advisors will arrange a FREE CONSULTATION to help guide you through the process for Portuguese to work in Canada. The International Experience Canada 2021 applications will open in late 2020. Canada has so much to offer. Don’t miss out!
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