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1. Posted by Bar (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

A bunch of friends and I are planning to go to Vancouver, Canada this summer for a 3 month holiday. We are all students and hope to work while we are there to fund our stay. We are all from Ireland and as there is a SWAP program between the 2 countries we can purchase Open Work Visas for 400 euros, allowing us to stay there up to a full year and work wherever we like and switch jobs if needed, without having a pre placed job before we go over...

However, I am both and Irish and American citizen and after extensive research I could only find some information as the consulate is now running more internet-based than over the phone. I think (although not positive) that as an American, I can stay for up to 180 days in Canada without a visa, however I would not be able to work during that time (unless it would be under the table). Also applying for a work visa requires a pre placed job, which I cannot find at the moment...

Anyway, the visa costing 400 euros, (600 CAD), and minimum wage in Vancouver (British Columbia) being 8CAD, i was wondering does anyone know how much a work visa would cost if I could find a pre placed job and also if it would be wise to go under the 180 day non-work entry and try to find work under the table...Also I am not sure if all of this information is 100%...any experience or advise would be kindly appreciated.

2. Posted by jambo101 (Respected Member 414 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

As the bureaucratic process could take some time i'd get on it right away..
Good luck.

[ Edit: Edited on 13-Jan-2010, at 01:58 by jambo101 ]

3. Posted by Bar (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the link.

4. Posted by mm143 (Budding Member 71 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Americans can stay in Canada up to 6 months a year. You need a work visa to work in Canada. Vancouver has a lot of tourist so I would assume that it isn't difficult to obtain one.

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