4 Steps to a successful Canadian visa application

By srigby, 12 Sep '14 at 13:04

Applying for a visa to work in Canada is not a difficult process, but you will need to start your application the year before you plan to travel. So if you want to do a snowboard instructor or ski instructor internship in the 2015/16 winter season, you will need to start preparing for your visa application in September 2014.

The application itself is very easy, if you know how. Follow this Canadian visa application timetable and next year, you too could be working as a qualified snowboard or ski instructor in Canada.

Step 1 - September 2014 - Register for the internship

PRIORITY - Register for an internship programme by calling The Winter Sports Company on 01736 763402. As you might imagine, with a guarantee of up to 16 weeks paid work with the snow school, there are a limited amount of internship places available. Whether you want to be a ski instructor, or a snowboard instructor, if you don’t book your place early, you’ll have to wait for the next year.

Reserve you place with a small deposit and The Winter Sports Company will help you through the VISA application process for Canada.

Step 2 - October 2014 – Initial preparation

A British applicant needs a visa to work in Canada, this is applied for through the Canadian International Experience Programme. To be eligible for this visa you must be between 18 and 30, live in the UK, have a British passport and provide a criminal check.

Your criminal check will take a little time, so you will need to get this under way as soon as you can. You will need to provide scanned copies of a number of documents for proof of address, including a driving license or passport and the application fee of £25. The Winter Sports Company will give you guidance and support to help you through this simple process.

You will also need to prepare a C.V. based upon a template approved by Canadian immigration, ready for your application.

Step 3 - November 2014 – Application documents

The Canadian immigration service takes just 5,400 visa applications each year, over three days. These are usually in December and January, with 1500 visas being released on each day.

With such a small window for application, the key to a successful visa application is having all of the required documentation already prepared and knowing exactly when to apply.You have to be quick when the visa application process opens. All 1500 visas can go in less than 20 minutes.

With years of experience helping students through the application process, The Winter Sports Company will ensure that you are fully prepared and ready to apply.

Step 4 - December 2014 – Application Day

With your prepared documents to hand, check the time and be ready, you have a lot to achieve in just 20 minutes.

In the first round you have to open an account with the immigration authorities, before you can enter your application and upload your documents. This cannot be done before the round opens. You will need to have all your documents ready, as well as quick fingers.

If your first round application is successful – sit back, relax and enjoy Christmas. If you were too slow and missed this first opportunity, you will need to prepare for rounds two and three in January.

Don’t worry. If you need to try again in January, you have your account set up this time,so you will already be better prepared and ready to go. Again check the time and be ready.



February 2015 – Correspondence

The Canadian immigration authorities may send you questions with regards to your application. Look out for these emails and be sure to reply promptly. The Winter Sports Company have guided many students through the application process and will help you with any questions that arise.

March – September 2015

Enjoy your year, happy in the knowledge that the ski season of a lifetime is just around the corner.

October 2015

Now is the time to ensure you have all the right documentation ready to pack. Visa letter, passport, criminal disclosure, invoice for flights etc. and bank statements showing the correct amount of funds in your account, to prove that you can support yourself when you arrive.

November 2015

Fly out to Canada. On arrival get your Social Insurance Number. You can apply to the local office – your employer will assist in this.
December 2015 Internships begin. You will train as a CSIA level 1 ski instructor or a CASI level 1 snowboard instructor and take your exams towards the end of December.

January - April 2016

Work in the snow school as an instructor and receive training from the snow school director. Newly qualified Instructors expect to work a minimum of 20 hours per week and earn between $11 & $15 per hour + tips. You will be encouraged to continue training towards your Level 2 certification with exams in March.

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