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Posted on September 25 2021

Vaxxed foreigners can work in Canada on working holiday sans job offer

By  Editor
Updated November 14 2023

Here’s a chance for you to explore Canada and its employment landscape. Canada has made job offers not mandatory for foreign nationals to migrate to Canada for working holidays.

IRCC declared that under the IEC program fully vaccinated foreigners will require only a port of entry letter beside the results of their pre-entry COVID-19 tests to enter Canada.

The proof of COVID-19 vaccination has to be entered into Canada’s ArriveCAN app. Nevertheless, travelers will have to produce the same in print. Owing to the travel restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19, working holiday candidates unvaccinated and partially vaccinated arriving in Canada will have to:

  • Undergo quarantine and
  • Produce proof of a job offer deemed valid

What is the IEC program?

The IEC program enables young Canadians to live and work in any one of the 34 countries that have reciprocal agreements with Canada. Such an agreement will allow people between the ages of 18 and 35 years to come and work in Canada under 3 categories namely:

  • The young professionals
  • The working holiday
  • The international co-op/internship

Australia has such an agreement with Canada.

Recognized organizations provide services to these youngsters for a fee to help them find a job, find a place to reside, and make travel arrangements, among other services.

These organizations will either be Canadian with overseas offices or international ones with offices in Canada. The following is a list of recognized organizations under the IEC program:

Employer-Specific Work Permit Only

  • IAESTE (International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience)
  • AIC (Academic Internship Council)
  • AIESEC (Association for the International Exchange of Students in Economics and Commerce)
  • MCC/IVEP (Mennonite Central Committee of Canada / International Volunteer Exchange Program)
  • IRE (International Rural Exchange)
  • CHFA (Canadian Host Family Association) with CAEP (Communicating for Agriculture Education Programs)
  • University of New Brunswick
  • University of Alberta

Open Work Permit Only

  • Go International
  • SWAP Working Holidays

Both Categories

  • Stepwest
  • INTERNeX International Exchange
Open work permits are issued under the working holiday program. So, youngsters arriving in Canada under this program can work with more than one employer in more than one location in Canada while they travel.

What work such a work visa holder can do in Canada depends on the type of work permit the person holds. Some of the positions they work in may require medical examination too.

Learn if you are eligible to migrate to Canada. Click here to find out.

For all kinds of immigration services related to Canada immigration and many other countries in the world, contact Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 immigration & visa company. Click here to connect with us.

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