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. More than 18 months later, following defeat of the Brexit deal in Westminster in January, 2019 and the additional uncertainty this brings, UK residents were once again flocking to this page to learn how to move to Canada following Brexit.
So no matter which industry you work in, if you’re wondering how to move to Canada from the UK, or transition to permanent residence after obtaining a work permit, here’s how you can do it.
International Experience Canada (IEC)
Each year, tens of thousands of people from over 30 countries use the IEC program to get a temporary work permit in Canada. In 2018, 5,000 people aged between 18 and 30 will moved to Canada from the UK by obtaining an IEC 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 the 2019 IEC season is now open. 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 2019 will once again far exceed supply. In 2018, thousands of people from the UK were left disappointed by the end of the season as the supply of work permits was not sufficient to meet the demand of people looking to move to Canada from the UK.
Therefore, it’s worth considering permanent residency options if you wish to move to Canada from the UK.