IEC program is inviting youth to apply for a permit to work in Canada

IEC Canada Program now taking applications for 2022

Canada is accepting applications for the IEC program. Only fully vaccinated participants in the program will be allowed to travel to the country to live and work in Canada. This was announced by IRCC which manages the affairs related to Canada immigration.

What is IEC?

The International Experience Canada is a program that is created to help young skilled foreigners to travel to and work in Canada for not more than 2 years.

Under the IEC, there are 3 options available namely:

  • Working Holiday
  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Young professionals

What’s in the new announcement?

It’s an already ongoing process that eligible candidates from the IEC pools are invited to apply for a work permit to work in Canada. The invitation rounds will be held either until all the spots available are taken or the particular IEC season comes to closure.

In 2022, the program’s applicants are assured that any profile they created in 2021 or after the IEC season ended that year is still valid if they haven’t received an ITA yet. That means candidates aren’t required to create a new profile in the IEC pool for the 2022 season.

Under the IEC, it’s possible for Canadian nationals between the ages of 18 and 35 to live and work in any of the 40 nations that participate in the IEC program. Also, young people of the same age range can live and work in Canada, provided they come from those 40 countries which are listed below.

Country Age limit Working Holiday Young Professionals International Co-op (Internship)
Andorra 18 to 30 Yes No No
Australia 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Austria 18 to 30 Yes Yes Yes
Belgium 18 to 30 Yes No No
Chile 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Costa Rica 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Croatia 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Czech Republic 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Denmark 18 to 35 Yes No No
Estonia 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
France 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Germany 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Greece 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Hong Kong SAR 18 to 30 Yes No No
Ireland 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Italy 18 to 35 Yes No No
Japan 18 to 30 Yes No No
Korea, Republic 18 to 30 Yes No No
Latvia Republic 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Lithuania 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Luxembourg 18 to 30 Yes Yes Yes
Mexico 18 to 29 Yes Yes Yes
Netherlands 18 to 30 Yes Yes No
New Zealand 18 to 35 Yes No No
Norway 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Poland 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Portugal 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
San Marino 18 to 35 Yes No No
Slovakia 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Slovenia 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Spain 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Sweden 18 to 30 Yes Yes Yes
Switzerland 18 to 35 No Yes Yes
Taiwan 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
Ukraine 18 to 35 Yes Yes Yes
United Kingdom 18 to 30 Yes No No

If you are a national of any of these countries, you can participate in the IEC program provided you meet other criteria too.

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