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May 3, 2016
Hey there,

I am a US citizen and have completely fallen in love with Squamish- the town and the climbing. I know that I can apply for a work visa and get all of the paperwork done, my question is- what is the likelihood I would actually get hired- particularly on the lower end of the job spectrum. I would likely be looking to work in any position available- food service, retail clerk, you name it. I have worked for several years as a multi pitch guide and have a good resume in the outdoor education field, but I wouldn't want to count on getting hired over a Canadian by any of the companies that base out of Squamish.

Anyone have any experience/input?


Joined Jun 3, 2012
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May 3, 2016
Have you already asked Will Gadd? Yury
Joined Oct 22, 2014
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May 3, 2016
If I didn't know anyone there (which I don't), I would call the chamber of commerce in Squamish, if there is one, and call some of the bigger private employers (hotels, grocery stores, department stores). "Do you hire Americans with a work visa?"

Can't hurt to try that.
From Atascadero, CA
Joined Nov 19, 2009
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May 3, 2016
very good in the summer, especially if you have a car (work in whistler)

tourism and the service industry is pretty big ... foreign folks get hired all the time for service jobs

Joined Mar 1, 2009
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May 4, 2016
It will be difficult unless you A, have money or B, have a job offer. Even then Americans don't get work visa or their version of a green card as easy as other countries.

The good thing is you can visit Squamish for six months on a tourist visa...

I used to own a condo in the upper village of Whistler. We planned to retire there. We also planned to park our nest egg in a Canadian bank. This would have granted us citizenship.
Bill Kirby
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