Since the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union in June 2016, there’s been a surge of interest among people wondering how to move to Canada from the UK.
In the 24 hours after the result, Moving2Canada had a spike in traffic, and almost half of our visits came from the UK alone. And ever since, construction candidates have flocked to our Outpost Recruitment agency, inquiring how they can develop their career in Canada.
No matter which industry you work in, if you’re wondering how to move to Canada from the UK, here’s how you can do it.
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) June 24, 2016
International Experience Canada (IEC)
Each year, up to 65,000 people from over 30 countries use the International Experience Canada program to get a temporary work permit in Canada. In 2018, 5,000 people aged between 18 and 30 will be able to move to Canada from the UK by obtaining a working holiday visa in Canada.
Anyone meeting the eligibility criteria can express an interest in receiving a work permit. At random intervals, some are selected to formally apply, and have two weeks to submit the paperwork.
The application process for this 2018 actually began in November 2017. The IEC program is popular because its application process is far simpler than many other options, and it allows people from the UK to ‘sample’ Canada on a two-year permit without a significant financial or time commitment.
It is however expected that demand in 2018 will once again far exceed supply. In 2017, 7,000 work permits were made available, but over 5,500 people from the UK were left disappointed by the end of the season.
Therefore, it’s worth considering permanent residency options if you wish to move to Canada from the UK.