The IEC program allows youth from over 30 countries, including the US, UK, France, Australia and South Korea to work and travel in Canada for up to 2 years. The 2024 pool is now open, with 50,000 spots available on a first come, first served basis.
To be eligible, you must be between 18 to 35 years old, have a valid passport, and be able to show proof of certain funds to support yourself. The work permit lets you take temporary jobs anywhere in Canada, in any field. You’re free to switch jobs or locations whenever you want. It’s a fantastic way to gain international work experience, see Canada’s stunning scenery, and make new friends from around the world.
Applying for an IEC work permit
The application process is done online in two steps:
- Create an account and profile on the official IEC website. This includes submitting personal details, a photo, passport info, etc.
- Once your profile is approved, you can enter the pool. This means you’re eligible and just waiting for an invitation to apply. Invitations are issued based on the profiles with the earliest submission dates. So apply as soon as you’re ready!
When you get an invitation, you have 10 days to submit a complete application including medical exams and police certificates. The approval process takes around 4 to 6 weeks. If successful, you’ll get an open work permit letter which you present at the border when entering Canada.
The IEC program is extremely popular, so spaces fill up quickly. Don’t miss your chance – start your adventure in Canada and apply today! The 2024 pool won’t last long, so take advantage of this opportunity while you can. An open work permit in one of the most beautiful, welcoming countries in the world could be life-changing.
Eligibility Requirements – Who Can Apply for the IEC 2024
To be eligible for the IEC 2024 pool, you’ll need to meet a few basic requirements.
- First, you must be between 18 to 35 years old.
- Second, you have to be a citizen or permanent resident of one of the over 30 countries that participate in the IEC working holiday program. These include popular destinations like Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Ireland, and the UK. If your country isn’t on the list, don’t lose hope – new countries join the IEC program every year.
- Another key requirement is that you cannot have participated in a previous IEC work permit. This opportunity is meant for those going on their first working holiday adventure in Canada. However, if it has been more than 5 years since your last work permit, you may still be eligible to apply.
- You will also need a valid passport to enter Canada for your working holiday. Your passport must be valid for the duration of your intended stay in Canada, which can be up to 2 years.
- In terms of finances, you must show that you have at least $2,500 Canadian dollars upon entry to Canada. This money should be accessible to you during your trip in case of emergencies or if you have trouble finding work right away.
If you meet all these requirements, you’re ready to start your IEC 2024 application! The application process typically opens about 10 months before the pool year, so for 2024 applications, you can expect the process to open in early 2023. Apply as soon as possible before all the spots fill up.
How to Submit Your Profile Into the Pool – Step-by-Step Guide
To submit your profile for the 2024 IEC pool, follow these steps:
1. Create an account
First, you’ll need to create a profile on the official Government of Canada website. “Create a profile”. You’ll be asked to enter details like your name, address, date of birth, and passport information.
2. Choose a category
Next, select which IEC category you want to apply under – Working Holiday, Young Professionals, or International Co-op. The Working Holiday category is the most popular, allowing you to work for any employer in Canada. The Young Professionals category requires a job offer from a Canadian employer. The International Co-op category is for students enrolled in a post-secondary program overseas.
3. Upload documents
You will need to upload certain documents to verify your identity and eligibility. This includes a copy of your valid passport, proof of funds (bank statements), a resume, and for Young Professionals a job offer letter. Make sure your documents are clear and legible. Double check that the information matches what you entered in your profile.
4. Pay the fee
A non-refundable application fee of $150 CAD is required for the Working Holiday and Young Professionals categories. The fee can be paid by credit/debit card, wire transfer or money order. Your profile will not be entered into the pool until the payment has been successfully processed.
5. Submit and wait
Once you have completed all sections of the profile, paid the fee and uploaded the required documents, submit your profile to be entered into the pool. Submitting early will increase your chances in the random selection draw. You will receive an email confirming your profile has been submitted. Then begins the waiting game – selection results will be announced in early 2024!
Following these steps carefully will ensure you have the best chance of being selected from the 2024 IEC pool. Double check that all information is accurate and documents are valid before submitting. If selected, you’ll receive an invitation to apply for a two-year open work permit, allowing you the opportunity to live and work in Canada!