This article is about the 2017 program. Please consult our updated guides for information about IEC 2018.
Tens of thousands of hopefuls will have a fresh chance to get their hands on an IEC Working Holiday Visa for Canada, when the 2017 program for most countries opens on October 17, 2016.
Pools for Young Professionals and International Co-Op visas will open on the same date. Candidates will be able to create a profile from 10am Toronto time.
Citizens from 32 countries will be able to take part in the program. Quotas are to be announced, but are expected to be similar to last year. Irish candidates received up to 10,700 visas in the 2016 program, while the UK received 6,000. Australian citizens could avail of an unlimited number.
- For a step-by-step application guide, see our Working Holiday Visa in Canada overview
Until 2015, candidates would need to be among the first to apply in order to receive their IEC Working Holiday Visa, as they were issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
But changes were introduced for the 2016 program, meaning applicants could submit a profile at their leisure, and candidates would be selected to complete their application at random.
This new system is being retained for 2017. It applies to those seeking an IEC Working Holiday Visa, as well as international co-op and young professionals applicants in countries where these are available.
Candidates will be required to create a profile, and become accepted into a pool of potential candidates.
Some of those who are eligible will be invited to apply for a work permit, in draws immigration authorities say will take place at “regular intervals”.
Eligible candidates can submit a profile once the pools open on October 17, but will need to wait for an invitation in order to complete their application.