WHY CANADA IEC?

  • Facilitates you to live and work in Canada for 2 years
  • Accepting over 90,000+ applications for 2023
  • Get your visa within 6 weeks
  • Apply for Canada PR

AVAIL THE OPPORTUNITY TO TRAVEL AND WORK IN CANADA

The IEC or International Experience Canada, offers youth a chance to travel and work in Canada. Those who meet the eligibility criteria for IEC are placed into the pool of candidates.

ELIGIBILITY

There are two ways to apply for the IEC program in Canada, depending on the country you are a citizen of:

(1) Countries in an IEC agreement with Canada

To be eligible to apply through the IEC, your native country should have an agreement with the government of Canada, permitting you to apply for the IEC work permit. Detailed information about the countries having an IEC agreement with Canada and the eligibility criteria for each country is given in the table below:

Country Working Holiday Young Professionals International Co-op Age Limit
Andorra Up to 12 months N/A N/A 18-30
Australia Up to 24 months Up to 24 months Up to 12 months (unless it is the applicant’s second participation since 2015, in which case, 12 months) 18-35
Austria Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Up to 6 months (internship or work placement must be in forestry, agriculture, or tourism) 18-35
Belgium Up to 12 months N/A N/A 18-30
Chile Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months 18-35
Costa Rica Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months 18-35
Croatia Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months 18-35
Czech Republic Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months 18-35
Denmark Up to 12 months N/A N/A 18-35
Estonia Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months 18-35
France* Up to 24 months Up to 24 months Up to 12 months 18-35
Germany Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months 18-35
Greece Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months 18-35
Hong Kong Up to 12 months N/A N/A 18-30
Ireland Up to 24 months Up to 24 months Up to 12 months 18-35
Italy Up to 12 months ** Up to 12 months ** Up to 12 months ** 18-35
Japan Up to 12 months N/A N/A 18-30
Latvia Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months 18-35
Lithuania Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months 18-35
Luxembourg Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months 18-30
Mexico Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months 18-29
Netherlands Up to 12 months Up to 12 months N/A 18-30
New Zealand Up to 23 months N/A N/A 18-35
Norway Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months 18-35
Poland Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months 18-35
Portugal Up to 24 months Up to 24 months Up to 24 months 18-35
San Marino Up to 12 months N/A N/A 18-35
Slovakia Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months 18-35
Slovenia Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months 18-35
South Korea Up to 12 months N/A N/A 18-30
Spain Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months 18-35
Sweden Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months 18-30
Switzerland N/A Up to 18 months Up to 12 months 18-35
Taiwan Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months 18-35
Ukraine Up to 12 months Up to 12 months Up to 12 months 18-35
United Kingdom Up to 24 months N/A N/A 18-30

(2) IEC under a Recognized Organization (RO)
If your country is not on the list of countries eligible for the IEC, you can apply through a valid organization. An individual not from an IEC country or territory can come to Canada under the IEC if they use a RO for the same.

Youth service organizations provide work and travel facilities to the youth. ROs can be for profit, non-profit, or educational. Most of the ROs charge a fee for the IEC services they offer.

IEC POOLS

There are three pools of travel and work facilities available in the IEC. An individual can be eligible for more than one pool.

Working Holiday: Open work permit for Canada

Fund your stay with a temporary work permit in Canada.

Young Professionals: Employer-specific work permit

Obtain professional work experience in Canada to participate in a global economy. Self-employed work is not considered.

International Co-op (Internship): Employer-specific work permit

Gain significant international work experience in your field of study. An invitation to apply [ITA] should be issued to the candidate before they submit their application for the IEC program.

STEP BY STEP PROCESS TO APPLY FOR IEC CANADA

The step-by-step process to apply for the IEC program of Canada is given below:

STEP 1: Fulfill the IEC Eligibility Criteria

Duly answer the “Come to Canada” questionnaire, and obtain your unique reference code. Create an account with IRCC or Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.

STEP 2: Submit profile and application for a Canadian work permit

Submit your profile to a suitable IEC pool. The candidates receiving an ITA through their IRCC account have 10 days to initiate their application. Once the Canadian work permit application is started, the candidate has 20 days to complete and submit the duly filled application.

[For Young Professional and Co-op categories only] During the aforementioned 20-day period, the employer is required to pay the employer compliance fee via the Employer Portal.

Once the fee has been paid, the employer can send you a customized offer of employment number. It is required to apply for a Canadian work permit. Upload all the required documents and pay the fees online via the IRCC account.

STEP 3: Biometrics

If required, a BIL or biometric instruction letter will be issued to the individual – through their IRCC account – after they have submitted their application.

30 days are available after the receipt of the BIL to submit the biometrics at the VAC or Canada Visa Application Centre.

STEP 4: IEC Work Permit Assessment

Assessment has a maximum processing period of 56 days. Additional documents might be required.

IRCC would issue a Port of Entry Letter to the applicant. This letter, as well as the job offer confirmation letter, must be brought by the individual with them to Canada.

STEP 5: Travel to Canada

After receiving the approval, you can come to Canada.

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