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Finland joins IEC as IRCC reports 14,209 IEC invitations issued week of Feb 29

Finland has finally joined the list of eligible IEC countries. Finns wishing to submit their profiles to IEC pools as of March 1, 2024. The first round of invitations is set to start the week of March 11, 2024.

On February 29, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reported 14,209 invitations issued to IEC candidates. These lucky candidates now get to apply for a working holiday in Canada.

The new invitation round was larger than the previous round, by 10,122 invitations. It is so far the largest draw of the year, beating out the first week of the year, where we saw a whopping 12,320 invitations.

As IRCC determines weekly IEC draw amounts, we cannot know if draw numbers will go up or down next week.

This week, IEC candidates from France received the most invitations. An impressive 2,963 candidates in the IEC pool were invited to apply for the French Working Holiday program.

We saw larger numbers of invitations going to candidates in the following programs:

  • South Korea Working Holiday (2,719)
  • United Kingdom Working Holiday (1,812)
  • Japan Working Holiday (826).

The IEC 2024 season officially opened on December 11, 2023. International youth from eligible countries have been able to submit profiles to the IEC pool since then. Back in December, the Canadian government announced that the first round of invitations would begin the week of January 8, 2024. Read the full story here.

Quotas & invitations for the 2024 IEC season

Updates for 2024 IEC season

PoolQuotaInvitations since last weekSpots availableSpots filled last roundEligible candidates in poolCandidate changeChances of invite in next round
Andorra – WH2531640-3Excellent
Australia – WHUnlimited7860n/a172-36Excellent
Australia – YPUnlimited110n/a53Excellent
Australia – ICUnlimited20n/a11Excellent
Austria - WH1002861840Excellent
Austria - YP60157022Excellent
Austria - IC20020000Excellent
Belgium - WH750134247101310Excellent
Chile - WH7254502723087,073338Very low
Chile - YP201594164102Very low
Chile - IC53200-1Excellent
Costa Rica - WH802741181,779182Very low
Costa Rica - YP1580412117Very low
Costa Rica - IC505011Excellent
Croatia - WH27510254340Excellent
Croatia - YP20017100Excellent
Croatia - IC505000Excellent
Czech Republic - WH1,000687604515-9Excellent
Czech Republic - YP14536712390Excellent
Czech Republic - IC514100Excellent
Denmark – WH350312582093Excellent
Estonia - WH1101477731Excellent
Estonia - YP1028211Excellent
Estonia - IC505000Excellent
Finland - WHTBA00000Excellent
Finland - YPTBA00000Excellent
Finland - ICTBA00000Excellent
France - WH7,0002,9633,5872,14816,957-784Very low
France - YP2,2003001,62915875-14Excellent
France - VIE1,000448854659-5Excellent
France - IC4,2504492,56632589-19Excellent
Germany – WH4,4904683,267329120-1Excellent
Germany – YP3505825732181Excellent
Germany – IC1601712894-1Excellent
Greece - WH18026112173-3Excellent
Greece - YP10133030Excellent
Greece - IC10010000Excellent
Hong Kong - WH200418725154Excellent
Iceland - WH1200117011Excellent
Ireland – WH10,5006989,029404171-27Excellent
Ireland – YP15033127109-4Excellent
Ireland – IC50140-111Excellent
Italy - WH1,7502821,05717260-17Excellent
Japan - WH6,5008264,023645156-56Excellent
Latvia - WH401731115-5Fair
Latvia - YP836111Excellent
Latvia - IC202000Excellent
Lithuania - WH1754075128-6Excellent
Lithuania - YP20314311Excellent
Lithuania - IC505000Excellent
Luxembourg - WH8057520-2Excellent
Luxembourg - YP10010000Excellent
Luxembourg - IC10010000Excellent
Netherlands - WH4301214104374Very Low
Netherlands - YP1701613382-3Excellent
New Zealand – WH2,5002511,871172622Excellent
Norway - WH135179692-1Excellent
Norway - YP15012100Excellent
Norway - IC505000Excellent
Poland - WH635884774419-8Excellent
Poland - YP1104101111Excellent
Poland - IC505000Excellent
Portugal - WH1,750761,51346251Excellent
Portugal - YP200319510-1Excellent
Portugal - IC5014900-1Excellent
San Marino - WH25024000Excellent
Slovakia - WH3153417721103Excellent
Slovakia - YP30813322Excellent
Slovakia - IC505000Excellent
Slovenia - WH80666511Excellent
Slovenia - YP15113100Excellent
Slovenia - IC505000Excellent
South Korea - WH10,0002,7192,3742,078531-537Excellent
South Korea - YP1,500491,3712012-5Excellent
South Korea - IC500449910-3Excellent
Spain – WH80024228213847-15Excellent
Spain – YP12028761151Excellent
Spain — IECX Vives50049070Excellent
Spain – IC30128122Excellent
Sweden - WH58039496269-1Excellent
Sweden - YP100491211Excellent
Sweden - IC20020000Excellent
Switzerland - YP20025137215-3Excellent
Switzerland - IC50239122Excellent
Taiwan - WH9406504023452,014-207Very Low
Taiwan - YP5072910113Excellent
Taiwan - IC100010010Excellent
UK – WH9,0001,8124,8291,182386-238Very Good
UK - YP900797911824-15Excellent
UK - IC10059512-2Excellent

 

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How to move to Canada through IEC: VIDEO

Rachel walks us through how to come to Canada through IEC in 2024.

IEC 2024 fees announced

Canada has announced that the IEC fees for all participants in the IEC 2024 season is $172 CAD.

The fees you pay for IEC differ depending on which program you are using to come to Canada. Working Holiday candidates must pay a $100 CAD fee. Young Professionals and International Co-op candidates do not have to pay additional fees, but their employers must pay a $230 CAD employer compliance fee.

Those who need to give biometrics will also need to pay the $85 CAD biometric fee when you pay the IEC fee.

The IEC fee, open work permit holder fee, and employer compliance fees are refundable if you withdraw your work permit application before you receive your Port of Entry (POE) letter of introduction, or your employer withdraws their offer of employment before your work permit is issued. You will also receive a refund if your work permit application is refused.

Read more: How much does it cost to move to Canada through IEC?

In order to come to Canada on an IEC work permit, such as the Working Holiday Visa, you need to get health insurance for the duration of your stay.

Every year, we hear stories of people who make major errors when it comes to insurance for their IEC adventure in Canada, leading to shorter-than-expect work permit durations and unnecessary medical bills. That’s why we released a video on all things health insurance. Check it out!

The 2024 IEC season

The 2024 International Experience Canada (IEC) season opened on January 8, 2024.

Since Dec. 11, 2023, eligible candidates are able to complete these steps:

  1. Submit a profile: Submit a profile through your IRCC account in order to be considered for an invitation. If you submitted a profile in previous years, you can use the same account, but you have to create a new profile.
  2. Receive an invitation: In order to apply for a work permit, first you have to be invited. Invitations are issued each week through a randomized lottery system. The earlier you’re in the pool, the more invitation rounds you’ll be considered for.
  3. Submit a work permit application: If you receive an invitation, you then have 10 days to accept or decline the invitation. If you accept, you have 20 days from that moment to prepare and submit your application.

Invitation rounds typically begin in the weeks following the season opening.

Once quotas for each country are announced, they will be posted on this page along with regular updates on spots remaining and chances of receiving an invitation.

What to do to prepare yourself for IEC?

If you’re hoping to snag an invitation through IEC, the best thing to do is plan ahead. You can start by checking your eligibility for IEC — take our free Canadian Immigration Quiz to see if you’re eligible.

First, make sure you’re eligible for one of the three IEC programs: the Working Holiday program (the most popular option), Young Professionals, and International Co-op.

If you meet the eligibility for one of the programs, the next step is to submit yourself to the pools. Submitting your profile as early as possible will guarantee that you’re considered for all invitation rounds. Invitations are issued randomly, so you want to be in the pools as early as possible.

You can also begin preparing yourself for the work permit application you’ll have to submit if you receive an invitation.

For free personalized guidance, make sure to sign up for a Moving2Canada account. Your account gives you access to tons of resources, including checklists with step-by-step instructions for your immigration process, job openings from Canadian employers looking to hire IEC participants, and much more!

Finding a job for the 2024 IEC season

Many IEC Working Holiday participants may want to start looking for jobs in Canada before they arrive. Thankfully, we have partnered with several Canadian employers who are looking to hire 2024 IEC participants.

Check out the Moving2Canada Jobs Board.

Young Guns Container Crew

If you’re looking for a physically demanding job with a great crew, we recommend taking a look at our partner, Young Guns Container Crew. They’re hiring labourers to help unload shipping containers in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Cornwall, Ontario (among others!). They love IECers and can offer you a job before you arrive. Apply here — or get more information by watching this video:

What is the IEC program?

The IEC program allows international youth from more than 30 countries aged 18 to 35 (or in some cases, 18 to 30) to live and work in Canada for up to 24 months.

Further help with your Working Holiday Canada application

Please explore our many resources to help you plan your application. Research is crucial as you plan for success on your Working Holiday Canada permit.

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