Does anyone know of any way, official or loophole that allows a UK resident to obtain a Canadian Working Holiday Visa when they are outside of the UK? It seems that we must return (from a year or so of travelling) to the UK for 6 weeks!! in order for our WHV to be processed. As we will be in South America this just seems a waste of time and any advice on how this could be avoided would be gratefully recieved.. any help or info at all would be great..
Try this, a list of contact numbers in various countries
not sure if you can apply locally, away from your home country, but it doesn't hurt to call them to find out.
I have tried Bunac who are listed here as they are the main way to apply for a WHV for Canada if you are a UK resident. However unfortunately they offer no alternative to being in the UK for the duration of the application (6 weeks)
Thanks for your help though, i appreciate it
It's not the 'official channel' but, one of the girls I was travelling with had the same problem. She tried just about everything and kept getting told that she had to apply in her home country (definately didn't want to fly all the way back to NZ!).
In the end we picked a city in Europe to haul up in for 6 weeks whilst she sent her passport home to her family via courier. We printed all the application forms off the net and made sure they were all signed and completed before sending them home to her family with the passport. Her folks then went through the appropriate channels in NZ, got the visa (it only took 2 weeks to process for us) and sent her passport back to us at the hostel in Netherlands.
It's certainly a risky way of doing things as she was left without a passport for about a month, and there was no end of nerves about sending a passport home via courier, but it did work in her case - and saved her the cost of an airfare!
We ended up rationalising that she would be ok in Europe without a passport so long as we stayed in one country, and if the passport did go missing in transit then it would be no different to it being stolen whilst travelling and we'd just have to go through the normal dramas with the local consulate to get a replacement.
What ever you decide to do good luck!