Go Back   Peoples Republic Of Cork Discussion Forums > Travel Forum
User Name
Password
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 18-10-2008, 04:18 PM
Coogee Coogee is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 4,410
Default Canadian Working Holiday Visa

anyone been on a Canadian working holiday visa or even visited the place and would recommend where to live for 6-9 months.....

Ive done the OZ/NZ working holiday visa so was thinking of doing the Canadian one next year...places are limited though so you have to apply ona certian date and its first come first serve...

also any more news on the US 1 year holiday visa that was in the news a few weeks back...ive been on a few J1's but would love to work in the states for a year....
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 19-10-2008, 08:05 PM
corkman34 corkman34 is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 841
Default

Hi im currently living in Nova Scotia in Canada and finishing up soon on the one year working visa. Canada is a great place. Pretty cold in the winter but id take a Canadian Winter over an irish winter any day!! Its a different kind of cold. A dry crisp cold with very little rain thru the winter.

i was origanilly living in Toronto for 6 monthes and been here in
Halifax, Nova Scotia since May. Toronto was great. Accomadation and jobs are easy to get but the jobs tend to be lower paid but the cost of living is lower too. Nova Scotia where i am now is absolutley beautiful. Halifax where i am situated now is around about the same size as cork. Population of about 300,000. Very friendly people and its a sea port town situated on the second largest natural harbour in the world (after Sydney). Jobs are easy to get here too. Of every 10 cv,s i sent off i got about 7 replies for interviews which isnt bad. Its a great drinking town too. Its got the most pubs per head of population than any city in Canada or Usa.

The biggest mistake i made coming to Canada was organising my flatshare before i came. I lived in a horrible place about 45 mins on the subway from downtown Toronto with 2 guys who didnt have 2 words of english between them. i moved out after 6 days and had to write off over 1000 dollars in rent as i payed 2 monthes up front.

My advice to you is when you get to Canada is to put an ad looking for roomshare on either Craiglist or Kijiji websites and mention that you are Irish in the ad. I done this and got about 100 replies. Even had women sending me pics of themselves!! The Craiglist and Kijiji websites are also great for finding jobs. Also try Careerbeacon.com for jobs in the Nova Scotia region.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 19-10-2008, 08:23 PM
Del Del is offline
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Cork
Posts: 919
Default

Have u been up to Cape Breton? I was there about 7 years ago, beautiful place
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 19-10-2008, 08:38 PM
corkman34 corkman34 is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 841
Default

yeah. Cape Breton was by far my favourite place ive been to in Canada. Drove on the Cabot trail which was fantastic but the main highlight for me was the skyline trail and the fantastic views at the top.

I think Cape Breton is one of the worlds best kept secrets, which is probably a good thing as its not overun by annoying yanks or japenese clicking away on their cameras!!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 19-10-2008, 08:57 PM
scottyspud1 scottyspud1 is offline
Guest
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 5,291
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by corkman34 View Post
Hi im currently living in Nova Scotia in Canada and finishing up soon on the one year working visa. Canada is a great place. Pretty cold in the winter but id take a Canadian Winter over an irish winter any day!! Its a different kind of cold. A dry crisp cold with very little rain thru the winter.

i was origanilly living in Toronto for 6 monthes and been here in
Halifax, Nova Scotia since May. Toronto was great. Accomadation and jobs are easy to get but the jobs tend to be lower paid but the cost of living is lower too. Nova Scotia where i am now is absolutley beautiful. Halifax where i am situated now is around about the same size as cork. Population of about 300,000. Very friendly people and its a sea port town situated on the second largest natural harbour in the world (after Sydney). Jobs are easy to get here too. Of every 10 cv,s i sent off i got about 7 replies for interviews which isnt bad. Its a great drinking town too. Its got the most pubs per head of population than any city in Canada or Usa.

The biggest mistake i made coming to Canada was organising my flatshare before i came. I lived in a horrible place about 45 mins on the subway from downtown Toronto with 2 guys who didnt have 2 words of english between them. i moved out after 6 days and had to write off over 1000 dollars in rent as i payed 2 monthes up front.

My advice to you is when you get to Canada is to put an ad looking for roomshare on either Craiglist or Kijiji websites and mention that you are Irish in the ad. I done this and got about 100 replies. Even had women sending me pics of themselves!! The Craiglist and Kijiji websites are also great for finding jobs. Also try Careerbeacon.com for jobs in the Nova Scotia region.
Canada sounds cool

all these places claim to be the 2nd largest in the world.can't find a deff answer for it tho

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Falmouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom
Cork, Republic of Ireland
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 19-10-2008, 09:42 PM
Coogee Coogee is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 4,410
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by corkman34 View Post
Hi im currently living in Nova Scotia in Canada and finishing up soon on the one year working visa. Canada is a great place. Pretty cold in the winter but id take a Canadian Winter over an irish winter any day!! Its a different kind of cold. A dry crisp cold with very little rain thru the winter.

i was origanilly living in Toronto for 6 monthes and been here in
Halifax, Nova Scotia since May. Toronto was great. Accomadation and jobs are easy to get but the jobs tend to be lower paid but the cost of living is lower too. Nova Scotia where i am now is absolutley beautiful. Halifax where i am situated now is around about the same size as cork. Population of about 300,000. Very friendly people and its a sea port town situated on the second largest natural harbour in the world (after Sydney). Jobs are easy to get here too. Of every 10 cv,s i sent off i got about 7 replies for interviews which isnt bad. Its a great drinking town too. Its got the most pubs per head of population than any city in Canada or Usa.

The biggest mistake i made coming to Canada was organising my flatshare before i came. I lived in a horrible place about 45 mins on the subway from downtown Toronto with 2 guys who didnt have 2 words of english between them. i moved out after 6 days and had to write off over 1000 dollars in rent as i payed 2 monthes up front.

My advice to you is when you get to Canada is to put an ad looking for roomshare on either Craiglist or Kijiji websites and mention that you are Irish in the ad. I done this and got about 100 replies. Even had women sending me pics of themselves!! The Craiglist and Kijiji websites are also great for finding jobs. Also try Careerbeacon.com for jobs in the Nova Scotia region.
cheers for the advice...i reckon i wont be going over until 2010...did you get your visa through the usit work canada scheme?...on that one you have to apply in jan/feb and travel to canada before the end of that year.

was thinking of starting in Toronto and heading over to Vancouver but Halifax sounds pretty cool aswell. I know a few people in Vancouver aswell..

what is it like for getting sponsorship over there once your year is up? I have seen a few adds here for engineers to head to canada so i guess if there is a shortage there might be a chance of getting sponsored to stay longer.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 19-10-2008, 10:43 PM
corkman34 corkman34 is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 841
Default

Yeah i got my visa through usit which was almost 400 euros but i suppose it saved me the time and paperwork of doing it myself through the Canadian Embassy. Its possible to get sponsered through your job. You have to apply for a thing called a labour market opinion form which states that the company couldnt find a Canadian suitable enough to do the job.
If you do get it then you have to apply for a new temporary working visa which is 150 dollars and then go through the whole process of applying for a permanant visa which will take about 18 monthes and between the medicals and fees will set you back about 1400 Cdn dollars. If you leave Canada and apply for a permanant visa from abroad using the points system there is currently a four year back log so the best and quickest way of doing it is to apply from within Canada while you are still working there (you cant change jobs if you are applying for a permanant visa through the labour market opinion)

The reason i know all this is because i dont want to leave Canada and have been all over the Canadian Government website looking for info on this. I applied for the Labour market opinion while in my job here in halifax but got laid off 2 weeks ago as the company is going out of business.

But theres other ways................ ..... espeicially if you are going out with a Canadian!! So i hope ill be back here again for good in a year or so.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 19-10-2008, 11:55 PM
Coogee Coogee is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 4,410
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by corkman34 View Post
Yeah i got my visa through usit which was almost 400 euros but i suppose it saved me the time and paperwork of doing it myself through the Canadian Embassy. Its possible to get sponsered through your job. You have to apply for a thing called a labour market opinion form which states that the company couldnt find a Canadian suitable enough to do the job.
If you do get it then you have to apply for a new temporary working visa which is 150 dollars and then go through the whole process of applying for a permanant visa which will take about 18 monthes and between the medicals and fees will set you back about 1400 Cdn dollars. If you leave Canada and apply for a permanant visa from abroad using the points system there is currently a four year back log so the best and quickest way of doing it is to apply from within Canada while you are still working there (you cant change jobs if you are applying for a permanant visa through the labour market opinion)

The reason i know all this is because i dont want to leave Canada and have been all over the Canadian Government website looking for info on this. I applied for the Labour market opinion while in my job here in halifax but got laid off 2 weeks ago as the company is going out of business.

But theres other ways................ ..... espeicially if you are going out with a Canadian!! So i hope ill be back here again for good in a year or so.
cheers...its abit away for me yet but good to hear form someone over there....ive been to the states on a few j1's but never made it to Canada...thinking of going over to visit my mates in vancouver next summer and then heading over for a year in early 2010
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07-12-2008, 03:34 PM
TheMillionDollarMan TheMillionDollarMan is offline
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Canada
Posts: 3,243
Default

Anyone applying for this tomorrow on the USIT site?

I'm well up for it anyway...
__________________
Never meet your heroes
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07-12-2008, 06:53 PM
T.F.I.I.K T.F.I.I.K is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: T.F.I.I.K.W
Posts: 364
Default

i will be camping out all night waiting for it to open.

its a bit cold but worth it.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump










All times are GMT +1. The time now is 11:59 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.10
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
All forum comments are the sole responsibility and property of forum users. PeoplesRepublicOfCork.com and its sponsors disclaim all liability for content posted by users of the forum. PeoplesRepublicOfCork.com and its sponsors do not necessarily share the views expressed in this forum. Use the report post system to have comments considered for edit or deletion. All users are IP logged. Website hosted by Hostrocket USA.