Designed to give young people the opportunities to work temporarily in Canada, youth from more than 30 different countries can obtain an open work visa, work for any employers in Canada, and travel freely in Canada.
International Experience Canada (IEC) helps build economic, social and cultural ties between Canada and participating countries. Canada hopes the expansion of this program will help restore Canada’s tourism boom and meet Labour market demands.
How does the IEC Program Work?
Citizens of participating countries with which Canada has a bilateral youth mobility agreement (age requirements varies by the nationality of the applicants) may be eligible for an IEC work visa. The three main categories are:
- The Working Holiday stream: an Open Work Permit (OWP), allowing holders to work for any employer in Canada.
- The Young Professional stream: an employer-specific work permit for individuals who have a job offer, and plan to work for a specific employer in Canada.
- The International Co-op Internship stream: allows citizens of participating countries, who are enrolled in a post-secondary program in their country of citizenship, to intern for a specific Canadian company.
Candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Be a citizen/passport holder of one of the 36 countries that have Youth Mobility Agreements with Canada;
- Have a valid passport for the duration of their stay in Canada;
- Be within the eligible age range (18-29, 18-30, or 18-35, (all-inclusive), depending on the applicant’s nationality) at the time of their application;
- Have the equivalent of $2,500 CAD upon landing in Canada;
- Be able to take out health insurance for the duration of their stay;
- Be admissible to Canada;
- Have a round-trip ticket or the financial resources to purchase a departure ticket at the end of their authorized stay in Canada;
- Not be accompanied by dependents; and
- Pay the appropriate fees.
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