The International Experience Category is a special visa group for young people who want to work and travel in Canada for a temporary period. If you want to gain invaluable work experience while exploring vibrant cities, diverse cultures, and breathtaking scenery, a working holiday in Canada is just what you’re looking for. The only thing you’ll need is an IEC Work Permit and you’ll be eating poutine in no time.
The first thing to make sure of is whether your country has an agreement with Canada that allows you to participate in the IEC. If they do not, you may be able to make use of a recognized organization. Then you must determine which IEC work permit to apply for, as there are three categories:
- Working holiday - pay for your trip with some intermittent temporary work in Canada;
- Young professionals - if you want work experience to make you a competitor in the global market;
- International Co-op - for fresh graduates looking for experience through an internship.
There are many reasons why a working holiday would be not only a great experience for you but could open up a world of new possibilities. If you’re ready to embark on a life-changing adventure, follow the link below. If you want to know more about the different IEC Canada work permits, and how to get your Canadian work permit in 2020, keep reading.
If you are looking for more play than work, this category is for you. You don’t need a job offer to apply for a working holiday visa, if your application is successful you will be able to:
- work for multiple employers in Canada;
- work in multiple locations throughout Canada; and
- earn money to fund your travels.
Open Work Permit
You will get an open work permit if your application is successful, which lets you work at most jobs in Canada. Jobs vary with the seasons in Canada, so during winter, you will have a different set of opportunities to the summer. Aside from the bottom corner of British Columbia, there is no place that doesn't get snow during a Canadian winter.
The best winter opportunities are at ski resorts. Positions you can find include working in ski rental shops, restaurant staff, sales, ski-instructing, ticketing booths, and more.
Summer brings a similar set of opportunities, however, you will be experiencing an entirely different country. Hospitality and tourism jobs will be up for grabs at beach and mountain resorts. There are also positions available on farms, where you will get a more down to earth experience and, of course, there are always opportunities in retail, sales, and some trades.
Make sure you can meet the following requirements when you apply:
- You must have a valid passport;
- Be between 18 and 35 years old;
- Have a minimum of $2,500 to cover initial expenses;
- You must get health insurance for the period of your trip; and
- A return air ticket, or sufficient fund to cover one.
Young Professionals Visa
The young professionals' program is for people who have studied already and are looking for an opportunity to gain valuable experience abroad which will help them compete in the global market. For Canada, it works well as a program because it paves the way for future skilled workers to immigrate to the country after they experience Canadian culture and possibly have further opportunities arise from their employment period.
The only major requirement is a signed job offer from a designated company for a period of 12-24 months. Further, it must be a paid position and you may not be self-employed. Make sure you meet the rest of the requirements such as having a valid passport and a police certificate before applying.
International Co-op Internship
If you are still studying at a post-secondary institution and looking to complete a work placement or internship overseas as part of your curriculum, this program is a great way to gain valuable work experience and enjoy this beautiful multicultural country.
Much like the Young Professionals Visa, you must secure a job offer. This visa will however only be valid for 12 months as most internships don’t exceed this period. You must meet the other eligibility requirements and the position must be for the same employer during your stay in Canada.
How We Can Help You Apply for a Canadian Work Permit
There are a few in and outs when it comes to the IEC Canada work permit that could become confusing or you may just not be aware of. By using our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only improve your chances of success in the visa application process, but you will get expert advice on which program is best for your specific needs. Our RCICs are highly qualified and are granted permission by the ICCRC to assist you with your eligibility evaluation, review all your documents and application forms, and submit them to the Canadian government for you. Why take the chance of having your application denied because your forms are incorrect or sent in too late.
We take care of the fine print while you prepare for the adventure of a lifetime. All you have to do is complete our application form to receive your eligibility assessment today. It's just that simple.