Starting from August 1st, 2010 Estonian citizens will be able to come to Canada to do an internship or working holiday. Few specific details on requirements and visa structure have been released yet, but it's expected that the rules will be similar to those for Latvian participants. Here are those rules via our website:
Canada's visas for Latvian citizens have recently changed - they are no longer operated under the Youth Mobility Program. That program has been renamed and is now the International Experience Canada (IEC) program. There are three types of IEC visas open to Latvian citizens:
This is a 12 month visa, open to Latvian citizens between the ages of 18 and 35. The purpose of it is to provide young professionals with the opportunity for gaining additional work experience in Canada. Before you can apply for your visa, you must have a job offer from a Canadian company for a position in your field. This job must be paid. Due to provincial labour regulations, VancouverInternships cannot accept Professional Development visa applicants into one of our programs.
This is a 12 month visa, open to Latvian citizens between the ages of 18 and 35. You must be a full-time student at a post secondary institution in order to apply for this visa. The purpose of it is to provide students with the opportunity for gaining a practical education in Canada and complete practicum requirements for their university courses in Latvia. Before you can apply for your visa, you must have an internship offer from a Canadian company for a position in your field. VancouverInternships can help you obtain an internship offer through both our Paid Internship Program, and our Student Internship Program.
This is a 12 month visa, open to any Latvian citizens between the ages of 18 and 35. The purpose of it is to provide young Latvian people with the means to work and travel across Canada. No job offer is required, and you may work with any employer or employers you choose. Participants in this program may be interested in Vancouver Internships' Working Holiday Program.
In addition, Latvian citizens who don't meet any of the above criteria or who are interested in combining their internship with a period of English language studies may also qualify for a work and study visa. Click here to learn more about work and study visas.
Click here to visit the Canadian visa office and download forms and learn about fees.
Notice that the key requirement for obtaining an internship visa is getting an internship offer from a Canadian employer. This is what we at Vancouver Internships can help you with. Through our student internship program, our staff can find an internship placement for you in your field of work, we can assist you with documents to apply for your visa, and we will help orient you to the city once you arrive.
These services are offered through our Student Internship Program. You can read more about that here.
We would like to encourage Estonians to use this visa and to come to Canada. In order to do so we are offering a special price for our internship placement services. Rather than the $1,200 listed on our site, we are offering effective immediately a discounted price of €650 for any Estonian citizen coming to Canada under the International Exchange Canada visa scheme. The special price will last until the end of October.