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MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF DENMARK CONCERNING A WORKING  HOLIDAY PROGRAM

The GOVERNMENT OF CANADA and the GOVERNMENT OF DENMARK (hereinafter referred to as ("The Governments"),

In a spirit of promoting close cooperative relations between Canada and Denmark; Desirous of providing wider opportunities for citizens of each country, particularly youth, to appreciate the culture and general way of life of the other for the purpose of promoting mutual understanding between Canada and Denmark;

Committed to fulfilling the provisions contained in the Joint Political Declaration on Canada/EU Relations and Joint Canada/EU Action Plan, signed on December 17, 1996, on behalf of Canada by the Prime Minister, and, on behalf of the European Union, by the President of the European Council and the Vice President of the European Commission;

Wishing to provide arrangements for citizens of each country, particularly youth, which are intended to make it possible for Danish citizens to enter Canada and Canadian citizens to enter Denmark primarily to holiday for an extended period and also engage in employment as an incidental aspect of their holiday in order to supplement their travel funds;

Have reached the following understandings about a Working Holiday Program:

1.  Responsibilities of the Governments of Canada and Denmark

  1. The Government of Canada will, on application at a Canadian immigration office responsible for Denmark by Danish youth intending to engage in a Working Holiday in Canada ("participating Danish youth), issue a Letter of Introduction to participating Danish youth who satisfy each of the requirements set out in paragraph 2(a) below. The Letter of Introduction will provide for the issuance of a work permit upon arrival in Canada.
  2. The Government of Denmark will, on application at its embassies and visa handling consulates in any country by Canadian youth intending to engage in a Working Holiday in Denmark ("participating Canadian youth"), issue a Working Holiday Visa to participating Canadian youth who satisfy the requirements set out in paragraph 2(b) below.

2.  Eligibility requirements applicable to participating youth under this Memorandum of Understanding

  1. To be eligible for consideration for participation in the Working Holiday Program, participating Danish youth must:
    1. meet admissibility and other  requirements of Canadian immigration legislation and policy, to the extent  not already set out in subparagraphs ii to xii below;
    2. be citizens of Denmark who are habitual residents in Denmark at the time of application;
    3. be between the ages of eighteen  (18) and thirty-five (35) inclusive, at the time of application for a Working Holiday Program authorization;
    4. satisfy the Canadian visa officer that the primary intention is to holiday in Canada with employment being an incidental rather than a primary reason for the visit;
    5. have not previously taken part in this Working Holiday Program;
    6. not be accompanied by dependents;
    7. possess a valid Danish passport;
    8. possess a return ticket, or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket;
    9. possess sufficient funds for their maintenance during the initial period of stay in Canada, at the discretion of the relevant authorities;
    10. agree to hold medical and comprehensive hospitalization insurance, including accident,  life and  repatriation  coverage to remain in force throughout their stay in Canada;
    11. undergo a medical examination by a physician recognized by the Canadian government, should  they wish to undertake work which brings them into close contact with people,  in health services field occupations, primary or secondary school teaching, or child care;
    12. be prepared to pay any prescribed fee in relation to their participation under this Memorandum of Understanding.
  2. To be eligible for consideration for participation in the Working Holiday Program, participating Canadian youth must:
    1. meet admissibility and other requirements of Danish immigration legislation and policy, to the extent not already set out in subparagraphs ii to xi below;
    2. be citizens of Canada who are habitual resident in Canada at the time of application;
    3. be between the ages of eighteen  (18) and thirty-five (35) inclusive at the time of application for a Working Holiday Visa;
    4. satisfy the Danish visa officer that the primary intention is to holiday; in Denmark with employment being an incidental rather than a primary reason for the visit;
    5. have not previously taken part in this Working Holiday Program;
    6. not be accompanied by dependents;
    7. possess a valid Canadian passport;
    8. possess a return ticket, or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket;
    9. possess sufficient funds for their maintenance during the initial period of stay in Denmark, at the discretion of the relevant authorities;
    10. agree to hold medical and comprehensive hospitalization insurance including accident, life and repatriation  to remain in force throughout their stay in Denmark;
    11. be prepared  to pay any prescribed fee in relation to their participation under this Memorandum of Understanding.

3.  General provisions applicable to participating Canadian and Danish youth

  1. An application for participation in the Working Holiday Program will not be refused solely on the grounds of an applicants lack of knowledge of the English, French or Danish language.
  2. When necessary, applicants will be interviewed by representatives of the aforementioned Canadian immigration office or Danish embassies or consulates to determine their eligibility for participation in the Working Holiday Program.
  3. The work permit issued to Danish applicants accepted under the Working Holiday Program in Canada will be valid for a period of not more than twelve (12) months from the date of issue, and may not be renewed.
  4. The Working Holiday Visa issued to Canadian applicants accepted under the Working Holiday Program in Denmark entitles that person to work for up to six (6) months during the twelve (12) month visit, but will not entitle that person to engage in permanent employment
  5. Participating Canadian and Danish youth will not be permitted to engage in any study or training for more than six (6) months.

4. General provisions applicable to the Governments

  1. Either of the Governments may refuse any particular application it receives.
  2. The Canada/Denmark Working Holiday Program will be implemented on the basis of reciprocity.

5.  Suspension

Either of the Governments may suspend the foregoing provisions in whole or in part temporarily through an exchange of notes.

6.  Amendments and Interpretation

  1. Amendments to this Memorandum of Understanding may be negotiated between the two Governments at any time. These amendments will be concluded in written form, the date of effect to be negotiated at that time.
  2. Any question that might arise with regard to the interpretation, application or possible suspension of this Memorandum of Understanding will be resolved by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade of Canada and the Ministry of Refugee, Immigration and Integration Affairs of Denmark, by means of consultations through diplomatic channels.

7.  Commencement and Duration

  1. This Memorandum of Understanding will come into effect on the 1st day of September, 2005, and will remain in effect until terminated by either Government upon three (3) months written notice to the other Government.
  2. Notwithstanding any termination or suspension of this Memorandum of Understanding or of any provisions of this Memorandum of Understanding, unless otherwise decided by the Governments, any person who at the date of such termination or suspension already holds a valid work permit in Canada or Working Holiday Visa in Denmark, will be permitted to enter and /or remain in such country and to work until that work permit or Working Holiday Visa expires.

Signed in duplicate at Copenhagen, this 16th day of August 2005, in the English, French and Danish languages, each version being equally valid.

FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
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FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF DENMARK
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Date Modified:
2012-10-31