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Department of External Affairs / Ministére Des Affaires extérieures

No. PPP 0026

The Department of External Affairs presents its compliments to the Embassy of Japan and has the honour to inform the Embassy that the Government of Canada, in a spirit of promoting closer cooperative relations between Canada and Japan, desirous of providing wider opportunities for Japanese citizens, particularly Japanese youth, to appreciate the culture and general way of life of Canada for the purpose of promoting mutual understanding between Canada and Japan, and wishing to provide arrangements for Working Holidays which are intended to make it possible for Japanese citizens to enter Canada primarily for a holiday for an extended period and also engage in employment as an incidental aspect of their holiday in order to supplement their travel funds, is prepared to take on a reciprocal basis, from the first of March 1986, the following measures with respect to the entry of Japanese citizens into Canada:

  1. The Government of Canada will issue, free o f charge, a single entry visa for the Working Holiday valid for a period of one (1) year from the date of issue to persons who satisfy each of the following requirements:
    1. Be Japanese citizens who are resident in Japan;
    2. Intend primarily to holiday in Canada for a specific period;
    3. Be aged between eighteen (18) and twenty- five (25) years, both inclusive, at the time of application for a visa, except in those cases where the competent authorities of the Government of Canada agree to extend the limitation of age up to thirty (30) years;
    4. Possess a valid passport and a return travel ticket or sufficient funds with which to purchase such a ticket;
    5. Possess reasonable funds for their maintenance, including medical expenses, during the period of initial stay in Canada; and
    6. Have good health and a sound background.
  2. Application for the visa mentioned in paragraph 1 above will be required to be made to a diplomatic or consular mission of the Government of Canada in Japan and applicants will be interviewed, when necessary, by the representatives of such mission to determine their eligibility.
  3. Applicants will not be refused the visa solely on the grounds of their lack of knowledge of the English or French languages.
  4. The Government of Canada will grant Japanese citizens who have the visa mentioned in paragraph l above permission to stay in Canada for an initial period of up to six (6) months, and will also grant, where appropriate, an extension of up to six (6) months.
  5. The Government of Canada will require Japanese citizens who have entered Canada on the Working Holiday visa to comply with the laws and regulations of Canada and not to engage in employment that is contrary to the purpose of the Working Holiday arrangements.
  6. The Government of Canada will encourage youth, cultural, and community organizations in Canada to provide appropriate counselling facilities for Japanese citizens who have entered Canada on the Working Holiday visa.
  7. The Government of Canada may suspend the foregoing provisions in whole or in part temporarily for reasons of public policy. Any such suspension will be notified immediately to the Government of Japan through the diplomatic channel.
  8. The Government of Canada may terminate the foregoing by giving three months  written notice to the Government of Japan.

The Department of External Affairs avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Embassy of Japan the assurances of its highest consideration.

The Embassy of Japan presents its compliments to the Department of External Affairs and has the honour to inform the Department that the Government of Japan, in a spirit of promoting closer co-operative relations between Japan and Canada, desirous of providing wider opportunities for Canadian citizens, particularly Canadian youth, to appreciate the culture and general way of life of Japan for the purpose of promoting mutual understanding between Japan and Canada, and wishing to provide arrangements for working holidays which are intended to make it possible for Canadian citizens to enter Japan primarily for a holiday for an extended period and also engage in employment as an incidental aspect of their holiday in order to supplement their travel funds, is prepared to take, on a reciprocal basis, from the first of March 1986, the following measures with respect to the entry of Canadian citizens into Japan:

  1. The Government of Japan will issue, free of charge, a single entry visa for the working holiday valid for a period of one (1) year from the date of issue to persons who satisfy each of t he following requirements:
    1. be Canadian citizens who are resident in Canada; intend primarily to holiday in Japan for a specific period;
    2. be aged between eighteen (18) and twenty-five (25) years, both inclusive, at the time of application for a visa except in those cases where the competent authorities of the Government of Japan agree to extend the limitation of age up to thirty (30) years;
    3. possess a valid passport and a return travel ticket or sufficient funds with which to purchase such a ticket;
    4. possess reasonable funds for their maintenance, including medical expenses, during the period of initial stay in Japan; and
    5. have good health and a sound background.
  2. to be made to a diplomatic or consular mission of the Government of Japan in Canada and applicants will be interviewed, when necessary, by the representatives of such mission to determine their eligibility.
  3. Applicants will not be refused the visa solely on the grounds of their lack of knowledge of the Japanese language.
  4. The Government of Japan will grant Canadian citizens who have the visa mentioned in paragraph 1 above permission to stay in Japan for an initial period of up to six (6) months, and will also grant, where appropriate, an extension of up to six (6) months.
  5. The Government of Japan will require Canadian citizens who have entered Japan on the working holiday visa to comply with the laws and regulations of Japan and not to engage in employment that is contrary to the purpose of the working holiday arrangements.
  6. The Government of Japan will encourage youth, cultural and community organizations in Japan to provide appropriate counselling facilities for Canadian citizens who have entered Japan on the working holiday visa.
  7. The Government of Japan may suspend the foregoing provisions in whole or in part temporarily for reasons of public policy. Any such suspension will be notified immediately to the Government of Canada through the diplomatic channel.
  8. The Government of Japan may terminate the foregoing by giving three months' written notice to the Government of Canada.

The Embassy of Japan avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Department of External Affairs the assurances of its highest consideration.

OTTAWA
January 10, 1986

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