SWAP UNITED KINGDOM
It’s been a long work day, so naturally you gather at the pub with your mates. But this isn’t just any pub – every nook and cranny has a story and the establishment is older than Canada itself. Not bad for a Monday night, yeah? With the exciting nightlife, bustling capitals, serene landscapes, and soaring power of the British Pound, it’s a brilliant time to spend up to two years living and working in the historic United Kingdom.
- Eligibility: Canadians aged 18-30. Must have the required biometrics appointment
- Registration Deadline: Apply at least eight weeks prior to intended arrival
- Repeat Participation: No
- Visa Duration: Any period up to two years
- Support Funds: You must have the amount of £1890 saved in your account as of the day you submit your application. These are called support funds and are a requirement of the government
Local Support in the UK:
- • One of the most valuable parts of the SWAP UK program is the arrival orientation in London. The orientation provides vital information; you will receive tips on securing work, finding temporary or permanent accommodation and information on red tape issues
- • A welcome party! Celebrate this new chapter in your life with other people who are also now living it up in the UK!
- • Our hosting centre is in central London, right in the middle of the action
- • Assistance in setting up your new bank account at a major UK bank
- • Free money transfer
- • Your choice of UK SIM card
- • Help in arranging your National Insurance Number
- • CV workshop: local experts give tips on the perfect CV. The hosting centre can also forward your CV to employer contacts
- • Employment advice from our local staff who know what you are looking to do for work
- • Weekly job seminars
- • Accommodation advice and assistance. Get information straight from people who live and work in the UK (instead of random people on the internet)
- • Access to our exclusive accommodation and job boards
- • Membership to exclusive social events club
- • Ongoing advice and support for your entire working holiday in the UK. Whether you come in on your first week wanting to know if a certain employer is reputable, or come in 2 years later wanting to know how to do your taxes overseas, our staff is there for you. Work, social life, travel - talk to us about anything!
- • 24-hour emergency support line
- • Free wi-fi access at our hosting centre
- • Access to computer/printing facilities. Print out your perfect CV (that you crafted at the CV workshop, obviously) or anything else you need
- • A 3-day trial gym membership
SWAP Support & Resources:
- • All the necessary forms, information, checklists, and special insight you will need to have your UK visa approved
- • We'll be with you, advising on every step of the application process
- • Your GO SWAP KIT, which has valuable information on your visa, as well as pre-departure preparation
- • Our exclusive United Kingdom: The SWAPPER's Guide. This essential, full guide will prepare you for living and working in the UK. You will get both a physical and PDF copy of the guide
• A two-year working holiday visa that allows for multiple entries into the country
• Accommodation upon arrival: Two nights in London
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*Operated by SWAP Working Holidays. Includes visa and first two nights’ accommodation. $395 with visa, without accommodation.
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