SWAP Americans who want to work in Canada

If you're an American who has always dreamed of seeing what life is like in Canada, here is your opportunity to give it a try! This program allows American students and recent graduates the ability to live and work in Canada for up to 12 months. SWAP is partnered with International Experience Canada to help you navigate your Canadian working holiday experience. From the application process to your arrival in Canada, SWAP and our partners in the US will provide you with ongoing support and assistance to ensure your working holiday experience is a success. To register for the Work in Canada program please contact any one of the organizations listed here.

Eligibility - the Following is required of each participant:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You are aged 18 to 30 upon entry to Canada.
  • You are currently an enrolled student or a recent graduate of full time studies at a US College or University.
  • You have medical insurance with Medical Expenses, Personal Accident, and Repatriation of Remains up to $25,000.00 USD (this can be purchased through your travel agency once you register).
  • All participants must have a minimum if $1,200 USD in support funds available. (Support funds are the minimum amount of money you need to prove you have in your bank account as a safety net).
  • You cannot bring your spouse with you unless the spouse is individually eligible for their own Canadian work visa.
  • You cannot have dependent children or bring your children with you.
  • You cannot have a criminal record.
  • You choose the date you wish to enter Canada within your eligibility period and book your own travel accordingly. Spring 2013 student status will permit entry up to 15th February 2014. Fall 2013 student status permits entry up until August 15th, 2014.
What's included:
  • Instructions on how to apply for the International Experience Canada 12 - month working holiday visa.
  • Flexible choice of arrival dates into Canada.
  • Pre-departure support from your US travel consultant and pre departure guide that will help to prepare you for your arrival in Canada.
  • An arrival orientation once you arrive held at one of the tSWAP offices in Canada; one in Vancouver and one in Toronto. Here you will learn everything you need to know about working and living in Canada including how to open a bank account, get a cell phone, learn about taxes, employment standards etc.
  • Assistance in finding jobs and accommodation, access to the SWAP Job Database and office local listings.
  • Free internet, wifi, and computer facilities, plus use of telephones and mail service.
  • Friendly SWAP staff to assist with any questions and concerns you may have for the full duration of your stay in Canada.
  • Emergency support and counseling available throughout your SWAP Canada adventure.
  • Social activities including sports events, pub nights, and excursions.
  • Travel arrangements and discounted, comprehensive travel insurance made through your travel consultant.

How to Register

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