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International Experience Canada program

International Experience Canada (IEC) is a program designed to allow youth the opportunity to work in Canada for temporary periods.

Citizens of countries with a bilateral Youth Mobility Arrangement with Canada who are between 18 and 35 years old may be eligible for IEC work permits.

Working Holiday

Participants in this program can receive an open work permit, valid for one to two years. Open work permits allow participants to work anywhere in Canada for almost any Canadian employer. Nationals of some countries may be allowed to stay in Canada for more or less than one year

Young Professionals

Under this program, citizens of participating countries can gain valuable international experience by working for a Canadian company. A signed job offer letter or contract of employment with a Canadian employer related to the applicant’s professional development is required before applying.The job offered must be classified as a National Occupation Code (NOC) Skill Type Level 0, A, or B.

International Co-op

This program allows citizens of participating countries who are enrolled at a post-secondary institution in their country of citizenship to spend a period of time interning for Canadian companies. Participants must arrange co-op placements with Canadian employers before applying. Applicants must be registered students for the duration of the internship.

Eligibility requirements for the IEC program

Candidates must:

1) Be a citizen (passport holder) of one of the 34 countries that 2) Have a bilateral Youth Mobility Arrangement with Canada; 3) Have a valid passport for the duration of their stay in Canada (the work 4) Permit issued will not be longer than the validity of the passport), 5) Be between the ages of 18 and 30 or 35 at the time of application (the 6) Upper age limit depends on the applicantions country of citizenship); 7) Have the equivalent of $2,500 CAN upon landing to help cover initial expenses; 8) Be able to take out health insurance for the duration of their stay (participants may have to present evidence of this insurance at the point of entry in Canada); 9) Be admissible to Canada; 10) Have, prior to departure, a round-trip ticket or the financial resources to purchase a departure ticket for the end of their authorized stay in Canada, 11) Not be accompanied by dependents; and pay the appropriate fees.

How the IEC works

The IEC operates on an Expression of Interest/Invitation to Apply model. Eligible candidates create an IEC profile, but must receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) before they may submit an application.

The following is a chronological step-by-step overview of how the IEC program works:

1) Complete the Come to Canada questionnaire and, if eligible, get your personal reference code. 2) Use this code to create your online account. 3) Complete the remaining steps in the IEC profile builder. 4) Submit your profile and choose the IEC pools you want to be in. 5) If you receive an Invitation to Apply via your account, you will 10 days to 6) Start your application or to decline the invitation. If you accept, click the Start Application button in your account to start the work permit application process. 7) After you press the button “Start Application, you have 20 days from that day, regardless of whether you accept on day 1 or 10, to complete, 8) pay and submit the work permit application. 9) For Young Professional and International Coop categories,your 10) Employer needs to pay the $230 Employer Compliance Fee through the Employer Portal before your 20 days expire. Ask your employer to 11) Send you the offer of employment number they will get after they have 12) Paid their fees. You need this number to apply for your work permit.) 13) Upload all supporting documents,

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