One of the International Experience Canada (IEC) categories of work permits is known as ‘Young Professionals’. It allows young people from more than 20 countries to live and work in Canada for up to two years.
It is designed for those who wish to further their careers by gaining professional work experience in Canada.
IEC Young Professionals candidates will need to have a valid job offer in Canada prior to their arrival, and participants will need to work for the same employer, in the same location, during their stay in Canada.
The IEC Young Professionals permit offers a number of advantages compared to the IEC Working Holiday Visa in Canada:
- Demand for these permits usually does not exceed supply, meaning eligible candidates enjoy a high chance of obtaining one.
- In some countries, a second participation in IEC is allowed, so long as it’s in the Young Professionals or International Co-Op category. This means former IEC Working Holiday participants can avail of additional time in Canada.
If you are on an IEC work permit and want to remain in Canada, learn how and when you may be able to benefit from implied status.
IEC Young Professionals: Who can apply?
Citizens of the countries below can create a profile to be considered for a Young Professionals work permit. Age eligibility and maximum validity varies from country to country.
|Country||Age eligibility||Maximum validity|
|Costa Rica||18-35||12 months|
|Czech Republic||18-35||12 months|
|France (VIE)||18-35||24 months|
|Switzerland||18-35||18 months (Total of two permits)|