International Experience Canada 2022

The pools for the International Experience Canada program are now open

Note: IRCC launches the 2023 International Experience Canada Program.

Canada opened the rounds of invitations for the International Experience Canada (IEC) program. IEC gives youth the opportunity to travel and work in Canada for up to 2 years.

“We regularly invite eligible candidates from the IEC pools to apply for a work permit. These are called rounds of invitations,” says IRCC on its website. “The number of candidates invited to apply during each round varies. Rounds will take place until there are no more spots available or the IEC season closes.”

According to IRCC only fully vaccinated IEC participants can come to Canada right now. Also, this year, IRCC is reminding applicants to the program that any profiles they created during or after the season last year are still valid if they have not yet received an ITA. “You do not need to create a new profile for the 2022 season,” IRCC said.

About International Experience Canada program

International Experience Canada (IEC) has 3 different categories available: working holiday; international co-op; and young professionals.

  • Working Holiday: this category is for people who:
    • don’t have a job offer
    • want to work for more than one employer in Canada
    • want to work in more than one location

Moreover, the type of work permit that candidates get in this category is an open work permit, which lets them work for any employer in Canada. Of course, some exceptions could apply.

  • Young Professionals: this category is for people who have a job offer (NOC 0, A or B) in Canada and are going to work for the same employer during their stay in the country. Please be aware that work must be paid, not self-employed.

The type of work permit that candidates obtain in this category is an employer-specific work permit. Some exemptions apply for employers, and candidates with a NOC C job.

  • International Co-op (Internship): This category is for students who are registered at a post-secondary institution, and:
    • have a job offer for a work placement or internship in Canada,
    • need to do their work placement or internship to complete your studies

Also, this students need to work for the same employer in the same location during their stay in Canada. If the student is selected, they will get an employer-specific work permit.

Of course, these are just some general requirements, you can find more information about the requirements on Canada’s website.

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