WHV in Canada: from the draw to departure

The Grail has finally arrived? You have been lucky enough to be part of the draw for the WHP in Canada and you are ready to take off to the land of the caribou? Just be patient, there are only a few steps left to complete before you pack your bags.

Here is the step-by-step procedure to follow, from obtaining your letter of introduction to preparing for your departure to Canada!

You must register with the Canada WHV pool to be eligible for the draw. If you have not yet registered, please see our Part 1 on how to register for the Canada WHV pool.

Part 2 - WHV Canada: from the draw to departure

Step 1: Accept the Invitation to Apply (ITA)

After your selection in the draw, you will receive an invitation to apply. Log into your MyCICaccount and click on "accept invitation". Please note that you have 10 days to accept or decline the invitation toapply.

Once CIC's invitation has been accepted, you have 20 days to submit your work permit application (from the date you accepted the invitation).

You will see the following information appear on your account:


Step 2: Completing the application for a work permit (WHV)

All you have to do is fill in the information requested in the 4 categories below:

  • Personal information of the applicant
  • Contact details
  • Details - work and study
  • Details of the application

Part 1: Applicant's personal information

This part concerns your personal information.

  • Maritalstatus tab

    You may not be familiar with the term "de facto spouse". It refers to a situation where two people in a couple have lived together for at least 1 year without an interruption of more than 3 months (proof may be required if you take further steps with your spouse).
  • The tab Documents of identity

In this tab, do not fill in your passport a second time, it is already entered at the bottom of the page!

Have you received a new passport because your old one expired? Now is the time to fill it in and tick the box "Make this my main passport".

Please only fill in your national identity document if it has not expired. If it is, you will not be able to complete your form.

If you have a valid identity card you will need to provide a copy of both sides of the document.

  • Immigration and citizenship history

In this tab, you will have to fill in all the countries you have lived in.

Note that for countries where you have lived for more than six months, you will certainly be asked for a police certificate.

Depending on the country, a medical examination may also be required afterwards. You can find more information about this here here.

Part 2: Contact details

This part concerns your contact details, which will enable immigration to contact you if necessary.

Part 3: Details - work and studies

In this section you will have to list all your work and study experience. You should list as best you can your employment/study situation over the last the last 10 years.

Please note that you will be asked to identify the most suitable job from a list for each job.

If you are a developer please enter the code :

NOC 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers

To help you find your number NOCYou can consult the number, you can consult the National Occupational Classification.

Please note that traineeships and periods of unemployment should also be reported.

Part 4: Application details

This step is very important and includes questions about your medical and legal history. Do not make false statements or lie about your situation You may be prosecuted or even inadmissible!

Step 3: Transmission of documents

Depending on the information you provide, you will be asked to provide several documents.

  • Family information

You can download the family information here. Please note that you must save the document on your computer outside your browser in order to view it. Please note that this document has to be filled in via Acrobat reader, you can either sign it electronically or print it out for signature and scan it again.

  • The CV

If you haven't redone your CV in a while, you can use our CV templatein Canadian format

  • The passport

For your passport, please remember to scan the first page and all stamped/visaed pages and upload them as a PDF.

  • Photography

The passport photo should be as close as possible to the size recommended by immigration. 

  • Police certificates

Depending on your situation, you will need to provide a police certificate(s). If you have not received the certificate by the end of the 30 days (deadline for completing the list), you can provide evidence of your "good faith". This could be, for example, a confirmation of your online application for a police certificate from the country's authorities.

  • Medical check-up

This step only concerns you if immigration has asked you to undergo a medical examination: you are going to work in a field related to health or children, you have stayed for more than 6 months in a country classified as a "health risk", you have declared a chronic illness... You must then make an appointment with a doctor approved by the Canadian authorities. You can find the doctor closest to you here.

This medical visit costs on average 250 € and is entirely at your expense.


Step 4: Payment of your WHV fees

Once you have completed the list of documents, click on "Next". You will then be prompted to pay the fee for your application.

All EIC participants must pay :

  • 156 CAD work permit participation fee
  • 85 CAD for biometric data
  • 100: for WHV only, corresponding to the open work permit fee

Payment is made through your MyCIC account.

If your application is rejected in the process, you will be able to get a refund of your application fee, unless you have made false statements.

Once you have completed the application, an instruction letter will usually be sent to you within 24/48 hours to proceed with the collection of your biometric data (fingerprints and photos).

Step 5: Collection of biometric data

Once you have received the letter of instruction, you must now collect your biometric data at a Visa Application Centre (VAC).

Please note that you have between 30 and 90 days to provide (please check the validity date on your letter).

There are two centres in France authorised to receive the collection: one in Paris and the other in Lyon. You just need to make an appointment here. Here are also the addresses from Lyon and Paris.

If you are Belgian, you should know that unfortunately there is no centre in Belgium. In this case, the nearest centres for you are : Paris, Düsseldorf and The Hague (Netherlands). Find the complete list of centres here.

On the day, you will need to bring : 

  • Your letter of instruction printed
  • Confirmation of your appointment
  • Your passport

Shortly afterwards, you will receive a letter in your account indicating that your biometric data have been received.

Step 6: The WHV Canada Letter of Introduction

If your application is approved, a letter of introduction will be sent to your MyCIC account.

With the current deadlines, it will take an average of 1 to 2 weeks to receive this letter.

You can check the progress of your application on your account at any time by clicking on "Check status of completed application". Please note! In some cases, the Canadian authorities may ask you for additional information: police certificates, forms to be filled in, proof of medical examination...

You will receive an e-mail indicating that the status of your application has changed and that "your application is approved". Within 24 to 72 hours of this email, the Letter of Introduction to the Point of Entry (LI) will be made available on MyCIC. However, please remember to check your account regularly, as errors may occur and you may not receive an e-mail.

For your information, the AVE (Electronic Travel Authorisation), mandatory since 2016, is automatically issued to all work permit holders. You will find the ETA number on page 2 of the introduction letter. As mentioned above,this number is linked to your passport. If you arrive in Canada with a new passport, you will need to apply for a new AVE.

Once you receive your Letter of Introduction (LOI) you have 12 months to arrive in Canada, if this period is exceeded, you will lose your WHV. However, you have the possibility to extend your arrival date (deadlines indicated on your LOI).


Step 7: Preparing to arrive in Canada with a WHV

Once you have received the letter of introduction, you can start to prepare your trip and the rest of the expatriation process (insurance, bank account, plane ticket, accommodation...).

As a reminder, if you are lucky enough to be part of the Maplrfamily , we will pay for your plane ticket and guide you through the next steps! In the meantime, and to anticipate your arrival, find out more about the cost of living in Montreal.

To learn more about the new measures related to Covid and the documents you need to prepare before your arrival, read our article : Arriving in Canada during the COVID period: the measures (PCR test, hotel quarantine...)

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