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Working Holiday IEC Visa program for 2016 to close

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Candidates who want to apply for a working holiday IEC visa in Canada will need to submit a profile by the end of this month in order to be considered for the 2016 program.

Canadian immigration authorities have set the deadline ahead of the closure of all pools for this year.

In a statement, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada says all IEC visa profiles must be submitted by 9am (Toronto time) on September 30 to be included in 2016 pools.

It will then send out invitations to apply, and close all pools for the season. Candidates still in the pools who haven’t received an invite will be sent letters to inform them that their profiles have been removed.

The statement also revealed that pools for 2017 are expected to open in mid-October. Candidates who were unsuccessful this year will need to create a new profile in order to be considered.

This means that IEC visa hopefuls in the UK, where demand this year outstripped the supply of 6,000 visas, will get a fresh chance to apply for a working holiday visa. The UK pool for 2016 closed previously, on July 29.

Aiming for an IEC visa in 2017? Here’s what you can do now.

If you’re planning to be a candidate for a 2017 IEC visa, now is the time to plan ahead so that you can be ready when the 2017 program opens.

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