It was announced on May 8th that applicants whose work permits were successfully processed under the IEC visa program before Canada was forced to close its borders, can now travel to the country for their summer jobs, internships and limited term professional contracts. You will need to have a copy of your valid job offer and a port of entry letter of introduction when you arrive at customs in Canada. Be prepared to go into self isolation for a period of two weeks following your arrival.
The IEC visa program allows youths, aged 18-35 years, to apply to work in Canada under one of three programs
- Working Holiday Visa - an open work permit is issued to young travellers who want to see the country while making money along the way to support their travels by working on farms, summer camps, resorts and so on.
- Young Professionals - an employer specific work permit is issued to young college graduates who wish to gain experience in professional roles. Visas are issued for periods up to 24 months based on your job offer
- International Co-op (internship) - an employer specific work permit granted to people enrolled in college with a job offer to gain work experience as part of their academic curriculum.
While the IRCC is not currently processing IEC applications, they are continuing to accept them. Many provinces in Canada have already begun to ease lockdown restrictions as businesses look to recover and begin planning for the winter season. As businesses that have been forced to close during the lockdown begin to re-open, the IRCC will process applications so that they can have the labour available to them that they need. Have you begun planning your winter working experience in Canada?
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