In response to COVID-19, the 2020 IEC season is paused. No new invitations are being issued and no applications are being processed. No plans have been announced regarding the 2020 or 2021 season. For the latest details about how COVID-19 is impacting IEC, please refer to our Working Holiday Newshub.
Couples and groups wishing to apply for an International Experience Canada (IEC) work permit may have mixed success under the application procedure that’s used to issue permits.
This is because eligible candidates are invited at random, which means you may get an invitation but your spouse or partner does not, or vice versa. One of you may be kept waiting months to receive an invitation — or may not receive one at all.
Moreover, you might be eligible for IEC but your spouse or partner may not be, on account of their age, citizenship, or previous participation. Nonetheless, there may be a way for you both to live and work in Canada.
This page outlines some potential ways to get around this obstacle so that you can enjoy Canada together. It will also cover situations where a group of friends wishes to move to Canada together through the IEC program.