Working Holiday Program - WHP

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The Working Holiday Program (WHP) is addressed to young Canadians who would like to travel and work in Belgium for up to a year. Travel is the main objective of the Program, while paid work is only secondary.

Terms of participation 

Canadian citizens
 living in Canada, aged between 18 and 30 years old (inclusive) can participate if they meet the eligibility criteria of the program. 

Applicants are expected to be in good health, to maintain throughout their stay an extensive insurance, and to have sufficient financial means to travel. They must also meet all requirements of good conduct in relation to public order and security. 


Step 1
: Verify whether you meet the participation requirements. 

Step 2: Fill out an application form on the VisaOnWeb online platform

Step 3: Decide whether you will send your application file by mail or hand it in person in Montreal. Make an appointment on VisaOnWeb to apply in person or disregard the functionality “make an appointment” if you choose to send your application by registered mail. 

Step 4: Finalise the process on VisaOnWeb. Print out your form, date it and sign it. 

Step 5: Gather all the documents listed in the table below and add your form to your application file. 

Step 6: Mail your application file to the Consulate General by registered or secured mail (Xpresspost, FedEx, UPS, DHL or Purolator), or apply in person on the set appointment date. 

Your application file should contain the following.



1. A statement of intent

Format: A letter of intent, dated and signed by you, explaining your project in Belgium and why you think it should be supported by the Program.  
Subject: Travel is the main purpose of the WHP 

The WHP is not appropriate if your main goal is to study or to work in Belgium. 
2. Proof of payment of the administrative fee

Amount: EUR 229,00  
Format: Copy of the wire transfer in EURO (€) 
Beneficiary: SPF Intérieur, Office des étrangers, Boulevard Pacheco 44, 1000 Bruxelles 
IBAN: BE57 6792 0060 9235 
Bank: BPOST SA, Centrum Monnaie (no number), 1000 Brussels, Belgium 
Communication: NAME First Name NATIONALITY Birth date (DDMMYYYY) 

Please contact your bank for the proof of payment. 
The communication must include the name, first name, birth date and nationality of the applicant: Example: SMITH Anne CAN 15072011 
All charges, including bank charges and transfer fees, must be born by the applicant. 
More info: administrative fee 
3. Payment of the Consular fees 

Amount: CAD 270,00 for the visa handling fee for a D-type visa (See Consular fees). 
Format: Certified cheque or Postal Money Order (Canada Post). Cash sent by mail or personal cheques will not be accepted! 
Order of: Consulate General of Belgium 

4. Two recent pictures 

Format: passport size, color with white background 

5. Canadian passport 

Validity: >15 months following the start of the WHP 

6. Application form

Format: Visa application form, filled out online, printed out, dated and signed. 
Fill it out online: VisaOnWeb 

7. Police check

Source: Issued by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) 
FormatCertified Criminal Record Check with fingerprints, bearing the RCMP seal and the signature of the Director General of Canadian Criminal Real Time Identification Services (CCRTIS)
Date: issued less than 6 months before application.  
AuthenticationApostilled by Canadian authorities

8. Medical certificate 

Source: Filled out, signed and stamped by:  
- either an accredited Doctor (PDF, 205.13 KB)
- or your Physician*  
Format: an original model medical certificate (see below)
*If it is your own Physician, add the copy of your Physician’s page as it appears in the Directory of your Province’s College of Physicians (PDF, 205.13 KB) 
Date: Date of both medical investigation and certificate less than 6 months before application 
DownloadMedical certificate 

9. Proof of sufficient funds

Subject: Establish that you will have access from Belgium to the equivalent of 2,500 EUR minimum 
Format: Your 3 most recent bank statements bearing your full name. Alternatively: a bank certificate, signed by your banker. No screenshot. 

10. Proof of your ability to return

A return flight ticket or sufficient financial means to purchase a return ticket (e.g. : a credit card in your name with a validity >1 year).   

11. Medical insurance 

Subject: Travel and health care insurance, including occupational accident, hospitalisation and return home coverage for 365 days (= the duration of the visa). 
Format: A clear and concise certificate of insurance, including your first name and last name, as well as basic information on the insurance coverage. The insurance company should be based in Canada. 

12. A return envelope 

Subject: This envelope will be used to safely ship your passport and other confidential documents back to you.
Format: A prepaid and preaddressed courier envelope, with a tracking number: e.g.: Xpresspost, FedEx, UPS, DHL or Purolator.  

No document will be posted to an address outside Canada. Please contact a courier service to verify which type of envelope is best suited.

The Consulate General of Belgium reserves the right to ask for any further documents. 

Contact point

Applications should be addressed to the Consulate General of Belgium in Montreal at least one month before your intended travel date. 

You can mail your file or hand it in at the following address: 

Consulate General of Belgium in Montreal
Visa Dept. / WHP
1000, rue Sherbrooke Ouest – Suite 1400
H3A 3G4 Montréal, QC

Next steps

Administrative requirements

As soon as your application has been approved, you will be allowed to stay for 12 months in Belgium as a participant in the WHP. A multiple entry visa will be issued accordingly.

You should arrive in Belgium within 3 months from the date your visa was issued.

Within 8 days after your arrival, head to the “commune” or “gemeente” (city hall / local administration) in order to get registered. Once your registration is complete, you should receive a type-A residence card, which will allow you to travel in the Schengen area 


Participants to the WHP cannot extend the duration of their stay, nor change their status. 

Candidates can participate in the WHP Belgium/Canada only once. 

Work and studies 

The Working-Holiday Program provides an opportunity to spend holidays in Belgium and to work on an occasional basis. In this framework, the WHP offers an exemption from the obligation to obtain a work permit before engaging in paid work in Belgium. With regard to social security, employment conditions, minimum wages and requirements for safe and healthy working conditions, Belgian standards and legislation apply. 

You may take lessons or follow study programs for a maximum of 3 months in total. 

Get ready

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Enjoy you stay in Belgium!