International Experience Canada
Young individuals who are between 18 and 35 years old with bilateral youth mobility arrangement with Canada are given the opportunity to travel and work in Canada for temporary periods under International Experience Canada (IEC).
There are three different options available in IEC program depending on the individual’s country of origin:
IEC Working Holiday program allows the candidate to be issued an open work permit valid for one to two years and work for almost any employer in Canada. Depending on the country of origin, citizens of some countries are eligible to stay in Canada for more or less than one year.
To qualify for IEC Young Professionals program, the candidate of the participating country will require a signed contract of employment with a Canadian employer associated with the candidate’s professional experience. In addition, the employment offered to the applicant will have to be categorized as a National Occupation Code (NOC) Skill Type Level 0, A, or B. By participating in IEC Young Professionals program, an individual will acquire significant practical knowledge about Canadian employment system as well as will obtain international experience.
To qualify for IEC International Co-op program, the candidate will have to be enrolled at a post-secondary institution in their country of nationality and settle internship arrangement with employers in Canada. While participating in IEC International Co-op program, an individual will have to be registered as a student.
Some crucial changes has been declared for the IEC program and its sub-categories in 2015/2016 term and the changes will be applicable in 2017 term as well. In the new modified amendment the applicant will have to obtain an Invitation to Apply (ITA) before submitting an application.
Following is the full list of participating countries for International Experience Canada (IEC):