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Working Holiday Program - WHP

The Working Holiday Program (WHP) is addressed to young Canadians who would like to work and travel 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.

 
Application

Please send to the Consulate General, by registered or secured mail (FedEx, UPS, Purolator…), the following documents:

Requirements Remarks
1. A statement of intent
Format: a short note stating the goals of your participation in the program, bearing your signature.
Subject: travel is the main purpose of the WHP.
The WHP is not appropriate if your main aim is to study or work in Belgium.
2. Proof of payment of the administrative fee
Amount: 358 Euros 
Format: copy of the wire transfer
Beneficiary: SPF Intérieur, Office des étrangers, Boulevard Pacheco 44, 1000 Bruxelles 
IBAN: BE57 6792 0060 9235 
BIC: PCHQBEBB
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 28021981
Charges in relation to the proof of payment, including transfer fees, shall be borne by the applicant.
More info: administrative fee
3. Payment of the Consular fees (320 $)
Amount: 320 Canadian dollars
Format: bank draft or money order. Cash sent by mail, will not be accepted.
Order of: Consulate General of Belgium in Montreal
 
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 for a long stay in Belgium, filled out, dated and signed.
Download: Visa application form Belgium
Some sections do not apply to the WHP: you may leave those empty.
For example: sections 10,11, 26, 27
7. Police check
Source: Issued by the RCMP or Provincial police
Format: original certificate bearing a police stamp  (No web version). 
Fingerprints are not mandatory.
Date: issued less than 6 months before application
 
8. Medical certificate
Source: Filled out, signed and stamped by: 
- either an accredited Doctor
- 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.
Date: Date of both medical investigation and certificate less than 6 months before application
Download: Medical 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 most recent bank statements bearing your full name. Alternatively: a bank certificate, signed by your banker. No screenshot.
 
10. 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 > 1year)
 
11. Insurance coverage
Subject: travel and health care insurance, including occupational accident, hospitalisation and return home coverage for 365 days.
Format: A detailed certificate of insurance, including your first name and last name, as well as basic information on the insurance coverage. You have to be insured for 1 full year.
 
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 express post envelope, with a tracking number: e.g.: XpressPost, FedEx, UPS etc.
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.

Submit your application

Applications should be sent by registered or secured mail to the following address at least one month before your intended travel date:

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.

Status

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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Have a good time !