The door to the 2024 Working Holiday Visa Canada season, along with two other exciting categories of the International Experience Canada (IEC) program, has swung open today, on December 11, 2023. Time to seize those opportunities!
Working Holiday Visas: Registration is now open for individuals from 36 eligible countries to join the IEC candidate pool for working holiday visas. The first round of invitations is set to be announced in the week of January 8, 2024. You’ve got about 4 weeks to submit your profile and be part of the initial draw for IEC 2024.
This year, we’re thrilled to welcome Finland and Iceland to the reciprocal IEC program, making it even more diverse and enriching. What’s more, 2024 marks the debut of widespread automation tools by IRCC to streamline the processing of IEC applications, ensuring a quicker and more efficient experience.
In 2023, a whopping 116,030 invitations were extended for the IEC Working Holiday Visa, granting access to open work permits. To keep you in the loop, there’s a change in the fee structure this year—IEC participants will now be required to pay a fee of $172 CAD. Don’t miss out on this incredible chance to embark on a working holiday adventure!
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Every week, Canada is reaching out to skilled individuals in the IEC pools, inviting them to apply for a Canadian work permit.
Throughout the IEC season, draws will be conducted in Canada until the season concludes or all available slots are filled, whichever comes first
The IEC 2023 concluded on October 13, marking the typical end of the IEC season. As we look ahead to IEC 2024, it’s reasonable to anticipate a similar closing period.
While Canada has not yet divulged specific quotas for individual nations, it’s likely that candidates from all eligible countries will have favorable odds of receiving invitations in the initial rounds.
In the previous IEC season of 2023, the quota stood at 90,000, and it’s anticipated that this year’s quota will hover around the same figure.
It’s worth noting that some countries might not receive immediate quota allocations in the initial invitation rounds. For instance, in 2023, Germany’s IEC quota was assigned a few weeks into the season after quotas for other countries had already been opened.
IEC 2024 Categories
The International Experience Canada (IEC) program offers exciting opportunities through its three main categories. The most extensive category is the working holiday visas, which enthusiastically extended 116,030 invitations last year.
Alongside this, there are two other fantastic categories: Young Professionals and International Co-op. In the recent year of 2023, the Young Professionals category presented 8,056 invitations, while the International Co-op category extended a welcoming hand to 4,488 individuals.
📈Explore your opportunities in Canada through our three distinctive categories:
1. Working Holiday Visa: Unlock the freedom to work anywhere in the nation with this open work visa. Ideal for young individuals from eligible countries seeking a dynamic Canadian experience.
2. Young Professionals: Elevate your career with a closed work visa tailored for a single firm. Gain valuable exposure and opportunities for professional growth. Open to young talents from qualifying nations.
3. International Co-op (Internship): Take the next step after completing your education. Graduates from eligible countries can apply for work placements, transforming education into hands-on experience through internships in Canada.
Countries Qualifying for Working Holiday Visas (IEC 2024)
Exciting Updates for the IEC 2024 Season
Great news for young Britons aged 18 to 35! Thanks to a new bilateral agreement, they can now embark on two amazing experiences, totaling 36 months. For the first round, participants can dive into any IEC category for a fantastic 24-month adventure, followed by a second opportunity lasting 12 months.
Here’s an extra perk: If the initial 12-month adventure took place before 2015, they qualify for a second round of 24-month participation. Talk about doubling the fun!
Korean youth, aged 18 to 35, are also in for a treat. They can now apply for the Young Professionals and International Co-op (internship) categories, and yes, they too get to experience the excitement twice.
For those eyeing Canada’s Working Holiday and Young Professionals categories, good news! Reapplication is allowed. However, if you’re into the International Co-op category, it’s a one-time opportunity per candidate.
And for our friends from Chile, aged 18 to 35, looking to join the International Co-op program, remember to be enrolled in school in Chile at the time of application. Your adventure awaits!
What is the Working Holiday Visa under IEC?
IEC Working Holiday Visa: Your Gateway to Work and Explore in Canada!
1. Unlock the adventure of a lifetime with Canada’s International Experience Canada (IEC) program. This reciprocal initiative invites young individuals from 36 countries to embark on a unique journey—working for any employer while enjoying a fantastic vacation in the breathtaking landscapes of Canada.
2. The IEC Working Holiday Visa is not just a visa; it’s your ticket to an open work permit! If you’re between 18 and 35, seize the opportunity to work, immerse yourself in Canadian culture, and contribute to the country’s vibrant economy.
3. Ready for an unforgettable experience? Explore Canada like never before with the IEC Working Holiday Visa!
How long does it take to process an IEC application?
The current processing time for an IEC application is approximately 4 weeks, according to the latest update from IRCC.