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by Trilla_UK » Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:00 pm

Hi there,

I was successful in obtaining a 2 year working holiday visa. Due to a project I am working on with work which I don't want to leave until the end of next year I would like to enter the Country, obtain the work permit and then return to the UK.

I plan to enter on the Friday before the expiration date, stay over the weekend and depart Monday.

I understand I will need to obtain a 2 year travel insurance policy to guarantee I am granted the full 2 years work permit.

Am I guaranteed re-entry almost a year after obtaining the work permit / visa? Will I be flagged for leaving after such a short period of entering? I understand my 2 years will start from here and I will essentially only have the right to work in the country for roughly one year.

I have seen this advice given on this forum previously, however, given this was a while back and things change I want to ensure I am not putting myself at risk of a wasting the whole thing by being denied entry under the work permit / visa down the line.

Any help is highly appreciated.

Tom
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by GemmaOTT » Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:39 am

I don't know of any insurance providers that allow you to get a refund once the policy has started. Your best value option would be to get a two-year policy with True Traveller (see more info in this post here http://offtracktravel.ca/iec-insurance- ... in-canada/) - their policies allow you to return home for an unlimited length of time without invalidating the policy. So you'd be able to use this policy on your return to Canada.

No, you wouldn't be guaranteed re-entry into Canada - only Permanent Residents and Canadian citizens have this privilege. Having a valid work permit puts you in a very good position for entry BUT the border officers always have the right to refuse entry if they see a reason for doing so i.e. you committed a crime while in the UK, you have prohibited goods in your baggage etc. I don't think you'd be flagged for having visited Canada just to activate your work permit - if asked, you have a perfectly valid reason so it shouldn't be a problem.
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