If you want to spend a working holiday in Canada, then you should learn more about the International Experience Canada (IEC) Working Holiday work permits. The IEC is also known as the Working Holiday Visa in Canada and it could be your ticket to living temporarily while working in the Great White North.
The IEC offers applicants temporary work permits to live and work in Canada. The work permits are only for young individuals, so you will need to meet the age requirements to apply for the work permits. If you do qualify for the age requirements and come from one of the more than 30 countries the work permits are offered to, then you can apply for the IEC.
An IEC is valid for up to 24 months. The length of your stay is dependent on your country of origin. Therefore, you may receive a 12-month or 24-month work permit to legally live and work in Canada.
You must first create a profile to begin the application process. The profile notifies the Canadian authorities of your interest in receiving a working holiday visa for Canada. If you are a successful candidate, you will receive an invitation to complete an application for a work permit. Your success is subject to eligibility and availability of IEC work permits.
There are three different categories available to candidates to apply for work permits to Canada. Depending upon your country of residence and nationality, you may be limited by the categories as all three are not offered to every applicant. In the case of France, there is actually a fourth option available to applicants. The categories for working holiday visas are:
An open work permit allows you to be employed with an eligible employer. The employer must be eligible to hire you, however. An employer-specific work document ties you to a particular employer. The employer will be listed during the application process, meaning your work permit is tied to that company/business.
You will need to undergo medical exams to receive your work permit. However, these medical exams are only needed if you traveled or lived in specific countries for six or more months prior to arriving in Canada.
Countries that are a part of the IEC program include:
To find out if your country is a part of Canada’s IEC program and additional information, please visit the official participants website.
During the application process, you will need to upload several documents to gain a work permit. Documents must be uploaded once you reach the work permit application stage. You will be given notice when these documents are needed.
However, it is important to plan ahead to have all the documents needed to upload. It is a good idea to begin culling together the documents in advance to prevent you from rushing around later on and being short on time.
You will need to upload:
After the application process, you will need to provide further information and documents. These documents include:
The IEC is a great way for young individuals to live and work in Canada. If you are eligible for one of the three categories, then apply today to begin your adventure of a lifetime in Canada.