Working Holiday Visa Program exchange between young people is one of the most effective and enjoyable ways to foster friendship between nations. For 70 years Japan and Canada have enjoyed a good relationship which has steadily grown stronger. In 1986, the Working Holiday Program started between Japan and Canada to promote exchange between young people and to enhance our relationship.
The Working Holiday Program allows young Canadians to travel to Japan on a visa which is valid for 12 months from the date it is issued. The purpose is to allow Canadians to visit Japan primarily for a holiday, but also to allow them to work to supplement their income. Their choices for work are unlimited except for certain areas. This program allows the visitor to Japan a great deal of flexibility and has the potential of providing a unique, unforgettable, and rewarding experience.
The Working Holiday Visa can only be issued once to a Canadian citizen. This is a youth exchange program and therefore Canadians between the ages of 18 and 30 years of age are eligible. The Government of Japan, on a reciprocal basis, will issue a single entry visa for the Working Holiday to persons who satisfy each of the requirements listed below.The process of applying for a Working Holiday Visa is not complicated. You are requested to bring the required documents to the Consulates General of Japan and after a short interview you will be informed if your visa will be processed. It takes at least one week to process a Working Holiday Visa. For those people living in Province of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, or Nunavut, please contact the Consulate General of Japan in Calgary.
There are some things you should know before applying for the Working Holiday Program. The Working Holiday Visa is a single-entry visa. If you leave Japan and wish to return you must obtain a re-entry permit from the Immigration Authorities in Japan before your departure. Within 90 days of arriving in Japan you must apply for alien registration at a Local Government Office close to where you are staying. A period of stay up to six months may be initially granted at the port of entry. This period may be extended up to another six months by the Immigration Authorities in Japan.
Prerequisites for Working Holiday Visa applicants
Applicants for the Working Holiday Visa must:
- Be a Canadian citizen currently residing in Canada;
- Intend primarily to holiday in Japan for a specific time period;
- Be between 18 and 30 years of age at the time of application;
- Possess a valid Canadian passport and a return travel ticket;
- Possess reasonable funds for their maintenance during the period of their initial stay in Japan, including medical expenses (currently $2,500.00 US equivalent for a single person and $3,500.00 US equivalent for a married couple);
- Be in good health and not have a criminal record.
Procedure for applying for a Working Holiday Visa
Applicants for the Working Holiday Visa are required to bring the following items to apply for a Working Holiday Visa:
- You must book an appointment at our office Tel: (403) 294-0782 to apply for the visa once all documents have been collected.
- The Working Holiday Visa will not be issued more than once to any Canadian citizen;
- You must apply for your visa in person in Calgary;
- All listed documents must be presented to us at the time of your appointment, otherwise, your application will be delayed until you return with all the necessary documents. If the applicant is applying from outside the Calgary area, or if the applicant is unable to arrange for pick-up of their passport once the visa has been processed, they should also provide us with a Priority Post Pre-paid Courier envelope. The waybill for this envelope should be completed at our office;
- Processing times for this visa is roughly 5 working days;
- Departure dated should reflect the above processing times;
- Our office does not guarantee your departure date under any circumstances. Visa applications will not be expedited under any circumstances;
- No photocopies will be made by our office on behalf of the applicant. All copies should be made prior to the appointment.
* It is recommended that insurance coverage be arranged before leaving Canada as under the conditions of employment for the Working-Holiday Visas.
*Japan Association for Working Holiday Makers' website
- Valid Canadian passport: must have at least one blank visa page. Must be valid for at least six months at your application date;
- VISA APPLICATION FORM TO ENTER JAPAN: Online Fillable PDF Form (can be saved) or Print only version;
- One recent photograph: must be taken within six months and should have a date stamp on the back. Good quality (not taken at a photo booth) . Passport-sized (45 mm x 45 mm is ideal);
- Completed outline of stay form: This form is attached to the Working Holiday Visa information package. All six months must be completed. This form will require specific details about the areas your wish to visit, and the activities/work you would like to engage in at each of those areas. Do not use ditto marks or the phrase 'same as above' when completing this form. Statements such as 'Touring in Tokyo' are not sufficient, outline of stay should be more specific and detailed. If you are unsure about how to complete the form correctly, you should contact our office and ask to speak to the visa section about the Working Holiday visa or you may complete the form during your appointment. To download Outline of Stay Form, please click here;
- Letter of motive: This letter should explain your motives in applying for the Working Holiday Visa. This letter must be signed and dated, and should be at least one page, typed and single-spaced.
- Return airline tickets; If you purchase a one way ticket to Japan please provide the ticket and proof of reasonal funds to purchase a return ticket to Canada as well. If you are going to a third country from Japan instead of coming back to Canada, please provide a photocopy of the visa of the country.
- Current and complete resume or personal history summary;
- Certificate of deposit balance (This must be from any Canadian financial institution and it must include an account holder's full name) : The minimum amount is $2,500 US equivalent.
- Letter of health: This must be issued by a licensed, practicing physician and must be on the physician's letterhead. It should state that you have no communicable diseases and you are fit to travel. (Electronic signatures will not be accepted).
Please contact visa section at (403) 294-0782 between 11am to 12pm or 3pm to 4pm for further information. A Guide to Japanese Visas explains the main points of visa application procedures
Please contact us visa section at (403) 294-0782 between 11am to 12pm or 3pm to 4pm for further information.