The SWAP Advantage
Personal Travel Counsellor

Simply visit one of our Merit Travel offices across Canada. You can register with them, and start the visa application process. You'll have a lot of questions and our travel counsellors are there to help you. They provide guidance as to how much time you should allow for visa processing to ensure that you receive your visa on time.

Visa Application Instructions

SWAP sends you your visa application and step-by-step instructions on how to complete all of the daunting paper work. If you should have any problems filling out your visa application, your travel counsellor is there for on-going assistance.

Document Checklist

SWAP gives you your visa application forms and detailed instructions to help you complete the forms. We also provide you with a "Document Checklist" which lists all of the supporting documents that you must submit along with your visa application.

Pre-Departure Resources

When you register with SWAP, you'll receive lots of useful information that will help you prepare to live and work abroad. Included are country-specific booklets that contain information on employment, taxes, short and long-term accommodation, and much more.


We provide you with your GO SWAP KIT which includes your visa, orientation and hosting centre information. We walk you through what to do and where to go when you arrive. Your travel counsellor will review this pre-departure information with you, will discuss your flight arrangements and answer any questions you may have.

Orientation upon Arrival

Orientations cover everything you'll need to know about living in your destination country. The hosting centre staff will inform you on key topics such as banking, finding work, looking for a place to live, paying taxes, employment laws, phones, and much more. They'll also be happy to answer any other questions you may have.

All the Resources You Need

Hosting centres provide you with computers, Internet access, fax machines and phones. They assist you with your job and long-term accommodation searches. The staff is there to support you for the full duration of your stay.

Time to Find a Job

Hosting centres provide job postings to start your search. The staff provide practical information about finding working so that you don't spend your first several days wasting your time, energy and money.

In Case of Emergency

If an unforeseen situation does arise, be it a lost visa or passport, an employer who is refusing to pay you, to a more serious situation such as an accident, the hosting centre staff are there to help. Most centres include a 24-hour emergency line for your convenience.

Friendly & Knowledgeable Staff

Most staff have worked abroad so they understand the challenges, choices and wonderful experiences that you will face. They're experienced in assisting travellers with any problems they have. The staff are also always arranging social events like pub nights and excursions - a fantastic way to have an instant social network of international friends!