Are you looking to travel and work in Canada as well as expand your horizons while adding to your professional resume? If so then The International Experience Canada Program is for you!
The International Experience Canada (IEC) gives young professionals the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience as well as a memorable experience, all set against the beautiful backdrop of Canada’s natural wonders and bustling urban centres.
Finding work after you graduate can be challenging and most students find the transition from the education system to work environments daunting. So why no surround yourself with like-minded people and allow yourself to grow and explore your options in a supportive and welcoming environment.
Processing times average at around 5 weeks so it's best to start preparing your documents and application forms to travel and work in Canada before the program officially opens. The 2020 season dates are yet to be announced but should reopen in November or December 2019, based on last years dates.
With the help of our seasoned professionals, your application will be a breeze. Our RCICs (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants) are ready and waiting to assist you with any questions and applications requirements that you may have. So go on, click the link below and start the journey of a lifetime
How Does the IEC Work?
To be considered eligible for the IEC there are a number of eligibility requirements that need to be met in order to travel and work in Canada.
1. Check Eligibility
Your country or territory of citizenship will need to appear on the list of 30 countries that participate in the program. Once you have checked to see if your country of origin is eligible. You will need to complete a questionnaire before you can proceed to the next step. If you are successful you will receive a personal reference code to add to your online application.
You will also need supporting documents regarding financial support, medical exams, police clearance, your CV/résumé, visitor visa, family information, details regarding student status and job offer, as well as a valid passport and biometrics.
2. Create & Submit Your Online IEC Profile
You will need to complete an online IEC Profile containing personal information such as identity, contact information and job offer/study details(if applicable), to which you will add your personal reference number mentioned previously.
Once your profile is submitted and fees are paid you will be entered into a draw pool. There are 3 categories:
- International Co-op (Internship);
- Young Professionals
- Working Holiday.
The great thing about IEC is that if eligible, you have the opportunity to be entered into all 3 categories simultaneously, increasing your chances of receiving an ITA (Invitation to Apply).
Visit our blog here for more information on the IEC program, working holiday jobs and how to fund your working holiday.
If you are successful you will receive a POE (Port of Entry) letter from the IRCC and an ITA.
You have to accept the invitation within 10 days and will have 20 days to apply for a work permit.
It is important to note that a POE and ITA does not allow you to enter Canada nor does it give you permission to work in Canada. You will need to apply for a Visitor Visa and Work Permit. A work permit can take up to 8 weeks to process and a visitor visa can take anywhere between 7 to 65 days to be approved, so it's best to get your application in as early as possible.
How We Can Help You Optimize Your Visa Application
Navigating the Canadian immigration system can be a bit tedious, with a copious amount of forms and documents to complete and strict submission dates, we wouldn’t blame you if you felt hesitant to get started on your application. But that's what we’re here for. At Canadian Visa, we take the stress and hassle out of planning to relocate abroad. Our accredited RCICs (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants) are ready to evaluate your eligibility, review all documentation and submit all documentation on your behalf. Using an RCIC not only gives you the best possible chance of receiving an ITA but will make the entire process simple and stress-free.
All you have to do is complete our quick and easy application form to receive your assessment today. We handle the paperwork while you plan your working holiday in Canada. It's just that simple.