Ski Work Visas

As a UK citizen, if you are looking to work in a resort that is not located within the European Union, you will probably need a special working visa. These differ from the typical holiday visas, in that they have stricter conditions to entry, usually along the lines of being able to afford to support yourself, not brining any family members with you, and being fit enough not to put a burden on the country's health system.



Canada Working Holiday Visa

Each year, the International Experience Canada (IEC) allocates a tightly controlled number of visas to countries with which they hold a visa agreement. If you want to work a ski season in canada, then you need to have one of these twelve month "working holiday" visas from the Canadian government.

If you want to get this visa from the Canadian government, you need to be aged between eighteen and thirty, and you need to meet a set of criteria (see below for a link for full details), but here is the bit we really want to stress, you have to apply early! Much earlier than you may think. If you are applying for a winter job during the summer months, chances are you have already left it too late as the visa application process is not a quick one. While you can still get a UK based agency to help you with your request, you can now apply directly to the Canadian government.

We cannot give you any specific advice here about getting that working visa, because the requirements may change and we wouldn't want to give out incorrect information, however, all you need to know is on the link below.
Official visa information

New Zealand Working Holiday Visa

Just like Canada, you need permission to work in New Zealand, and this permission comes in the form of a working holiday visa. The UK agreement has a set of strict criteria which you must meet - more details on the link below. But does allow you to stay for up to twenty three months, rather than the usual twelve (conditions apply). Applications can be made online and are often processed a lot faster than the Canadian visas.
Official visa information

USA H-2B visa

UK citizens are currently entitled to use the Visa Waiver Programme, but this is only valid for up to three months, does not permit you to work, and is therefore only for tourists. As you are wanting to work in the country, you need the H-2b visa. This is offered on the basis that the company can demonstrate a need for temporary, non US workers. As such, you get these visas through your employer and while it isn't one you need before you get your job offer, you do need to realise that it can take up to four months to arrange for you, so you need to get your application in a long time before the season begins. More information about this visa can be found on the following link.
Official visa information

Japan Working Holiday Programme

As with the USA, a standard holiday permit, despite lasting for up to six months, will not cover you to work in Japan, so you need to obtain a working holiday programme visa. You can apply for these directly from the Japanese government, and there is more detail about requirements on the link below. The application process is supposed to take less than three weeks, and while many people find it can be even quicker than that, do make sure you leave enough time to obtain one.
Official visa information








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Ski work visas

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