Option 1, Employer Specific Work Permit:
An Employer Specific Work Permit can be applied for directly via AmeriCamp Canada. This permit costs $155 CAD, which is charged at the discretion of the immigration officer when passing through the Canadian border.
A Work Permit covers you for working for one employer (your Camp) in Canada for the duration of your Camp contract dates. If you wish to travel after Camp, you will need to request additional travel time at the border.
This option is ideal if you are planning on arriving in Canada for the start of Camp and only planning to travel for just a couple of weeks after Camp. You are, of course, free to travel in the USA after Camp by obtaining an ESTA.
AmeriCamp Canada’s immigration lawyers will provide you with all the necessary paperwork for applying for an Employer Specific Work Permit at the Canadian border.
Option 2, Working Holiday Visa:
The cost of the Working Holiday Visa is $253 CAD, a cost that is directly payable to the Canadian government once your application has been chosen from the pool. This permits you to work and travel in Canada for up to 24 months.
This option is ideal if you want to travel in Canada both before and after Camp and want to have the option of finding further work in Canada after Camp has finished. It also means that you don’t have to request travel time upon entry to Canada, as this is already included on your Working Holiday Visa.
There is only a limited number of these Visas available each year and the Canadian Government selects applicants from the ‘pools’ intermittently throughout the season. This means that the earlier you apply for one of these, the better; however, the selection process itself is completely random.
Note: Only citizens of specific countries, including the UK, Ireland and Australia, are eligible to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. Please check your eligibility before applying for a WHV.
If you are unsuccessful with your Working Holiday Visa application, you won’t lose out on any money and, as long as you let us know in plenty of time, AmeriCamp Canada can get you a Work Permit before the start of camp!
Did you know?
AmeriCamp Canada had 100% Visa Approvals in 2019.