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.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has clarified that each candidate will be assessed separately.
This means that while one half of a couple may receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) in an early draw, the other may be kept waiting months to receive theirs — or may not receive one at all.
“Each participant must submit their candidate profile based on their own merit. There is no mechanism to apply to the pool as a group,” a spokesperson explained.
- For a step-by-step application guide, see our Working Holiday Visa in Canada overview
Whereas until 2015 candidates for an IEC visa had always been assessed separately, the ‘first-come, first-served’ application procedure used until 2015 issued candidates with a number which gave an early indication of their success.
For example, in a round where 3,350 work permits were available, a candidate issued with a world tracking number of 1,100 would know they had secured a spot in the queue.
Because a country’s allocation was made available either all at once, or over the space of just a few days, this indication of IEC visa success would be given to couples or groups quite quickly.