Since the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union, there’s been a surge of interest among people wondering how to move to Canada from the UK.
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 temporary 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. British citizens aged 18 to 30, inclusive, are among those eligible to obtain a Canadian work permit through the popular IEC working holiday category. If you’re 30 or under and wondering how to move to Canada from the UK, the IEC program is probably your best bet.
Anyone meeting the eligibility criteria can express an interest in receiving a work permit. At random intervals, some are selected to formally apply. From there, the clock is ticking – you have 10 days to start your application, then 20 days to submit it pay the relevant fees.
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 commitment.
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IEC hopefuls should be cautious, as demand for the program often exceeds supply. In recent years, thousands of people from the UK have been left disappointed at the end of the season when the supply of work permits was not sufficient to meet the demand of people looking to move to Canada from the UK. There are a few other temporary Canadian work permit options for UK citizens, such as the intra-company transfer program if you can convince your current employer to move you to its Canadian office, or the Canada-UK Trade Continuity Agreement, or the Global Talent Stream, which is a fast-track work permit option for people in certain occupations, many of them tech.
If none of these temporary work permit options are a fit for you, it’s also worth considering permanent residence options if you wish to move to Canada from the UK.