How do I get a Canadian visa ?
Obtaining a visa is a crucial step for foreign students wishing to do an internship in Canada.
This document is essential for entering Canada and remaining legally in the country for the duration of the internship. Without a visa, access to the Canadian job market is impossible, which can compromise the achievement of the internship objectives and the success of the student’s academic career.
Here are the general steps involved in obtaining a Canadian visa for an internship in Canada :
1. Determine the type of work visa for the internship
You can apply for different types of visa, depending on your needs.
2. Check your eligibility
You need to check whether you are eligible for a work visa for the internship. Eligibility criteria include age, education, English or French language proficiency, work experience and other requirements.
3. Gather the required documents
You must submit documents such as your passport, an internship agreement, international insurance, a clean criminal record and proof of funds.
4. Submit your application
You can complete your work visa application for an internship online by creating your IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) account. It is important to complete all sections of the application correctly and to provide all required documents.
5. EIC manages the visa/employer process
EIC handles the administrative procedures for companies concerning the visa of future interns (for the employer part): see below “visa assistance for companies“.
6. Wait the decision
It can take several weeks (usually between 4 and 8 weeks) to process your application for a work experience visa. You can track the status of your visa application on your IRCC account.
7. Fly to Canada
If your application for a work visa for an internship on Canadian soil is approved, you can travel to Canada and begin your internship.
NB: It’s important to note that the visa application process for an internship in Canada can be complex, and may vary depending on your citizenship and the type of internship you’ll be doing. It is therefore advisable to start the application process as early as possible, and to ask for help from our team specialized in visa assistance for internships in Canada.
Our visa assistance serviceGoing to work in a new country can be difficult to organize from a legal and administrative point of view. That's why we've set up a dedicated team to guide you step by step through the visa process.
Without assistance, obtaining a visa can be a particularly delicate task. Participants in our program have the advantage of being able to work with our team of experts who keep abreast of constantly changing regulations.
Our team of experienced professionals can provide you with personalized advice and assistance throughout the visa application process. We help you understand the different types of work permits, eligibility criteria and documentation requirements for your visa application.
Visa assistance for companiesEIC assists employers with visa paperwork for foreign trainees. This includes submitting the necessary documents, managing deadlines, and coordinating with the relevant immigration authorities.
With this assistance, employers can concentrate on welcoming and training their foreign trainees, without having to worry about the complexities of the visa application process.
EIC's commitment to supporting employers with visa-related paperwork for foreign trainees can be a determining factor for many companies looking to recruit international talent without having to deal with the associated administrative hassle.
2 Possible visas
Please note that application requirements and processes vary for each type of visa.