International Experience Canada Program
Great news! Canada has increased the number of applicants who can apply for the international Experience Canada Program (IEC) by 20% for 2023. Therefore, eligible applicants can now apply from January 9, 2023.
The IEC can be described as a set of programs that allows young from designated countries (between the ages of 18 and 35) to get a temporary work permit which will provide the opportunity for them to travel and work in Canada without the need for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). There are three categories under the IEC program.
- Working holiday
- Young professionals
- International Co-op internship
Participants under this category can obtain an open work permit which is valid for one to two years. An open work permit will allow an individual to work anywhere in Canada. Working holiday visa is based on a randomized draw system. Not all who are interested in this program will be selected for the program. The chance of success is based on the quota for the program and each country.
For this category, citizens of participating countries are eligible to apply for an employer-specific work permit which will allow them gain Canadian work experience. An employment contract or an employment offer is needed with a Canadian employer before applying. Also, the job offer must fall under the relevant National Occupation Classification.
Individuals who are enrolled at a post-secondary school in their country of citizenship are allowed to apply for an employer-specific work permit which will help them gain enough experience in their field of study. Also, the applicants must arrange co-op placements with employers in Canada before they apply under this program.
There are certain countries that have agreements with Canada under the IEC program. These are:
To be eligible for the IEC program, an applicant must:
- Have a valid international passport
- Must be between the age of 18 and 35 at the time of their application
- Must be a citizen of one of the participating countries for this program
- Must be admissible to Canada
- Must show proof of funds
- Must not be accompanied by dependants
- Must be able to have health insurance for the duration of their stay in Canada.
There are five major steps in the application process. Firstly, you create an IEC profile. Secondly, you will receive an invitation to apply. Once you accept the invitation to apply, you are then required to submit a work permit application. Lastly, you will receive confirmation of your work permit once your application is approved..
Be Guided by a Professional
Do you want to come to Canada through the International Experience Canada program? To succeed, it is important that you are properly guided, and this can be achieved through the help of a professional such as a regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant