INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE CANADA

The International Experience Canada (IEC) presents youth, the chance mainly within the age of 18 to 35 to travel and work in Canada. However, your country of citizenship must be in agreement or contract before you can participate in this program.

With regards to where you are from, you can choose from up to three travel and work experiences to travel and work in Canada which are

  • Working Holiday
  • Young Professionals
  • International Co-op Internship

Working Holiday

In this category of IEC, you have the opportunity to apply for an open work permit so that you can fund your vacation with temporary work in Canada if:

  • You don’t have a job offer yet
  • You want to work for more than one employer in Canada
  • You want to work in more than one location
  • You’d like to earn some money so that you can travel

Young Professionals

You can gain Canadian professional work experience to better compete in a global economy in the category of young professionals. This category allows you to get an employer-specific work permit before you can travel and work in Canada.

This category is for you if:

  • You have a job offer in Canada that contributes to your professional development
  • You’ll work for the same employer in the same location during your stay in Canada

And it is important to note that under this category, your job must be a paid job and not self-employed.

International Co-op Internship

You have the opportunity to get valuable overseas work experience related to your field of study in this category. The form of work permit you acquire in the International Co-op (Internship) category is an employer-specific work permit. The internship the Canadian employers offers you need to be directly connected to your field of studies and regarded as a National Occupational Classification (NOC) Code Skill Type Level 0, A or B to be considered. A NOC C job you get might also be acknowledged if your internship is connected directly to your field of studies with a post-secondary institution in your country.

This category is for you if:

  • You’re a student registered at a post-secondary institution
  • You have a job offer for a work placement or internship in Canada
  • You need to do this work placement or internship to complete your studies
  • You’ll work for the same employer in the same location during your stay in Canada

The first thing to do as part of the IEC pools to travel and work in Canada is to become an applicant in the IEC pools. Once you are invited to apply for a work permit and have asked for the work permit, the immigration officer will assess all your credentials and begin processing it. You will be informed if you require a police clearance report or a medical exam done before you come to Canada.