Skip to content
Rate article
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars
Be the first to rate
Share article

This article was updated more than 6 months ago. Some information may be outdated.

Canada and South Korea are expanding their reciprocal agreement that allows youth to work and travel in each country.

The news comes as Canada and South Korea mark their 60th year of diplomatic relations.

Under the new arrangement, announced May 23, 2023, youth from the two countries will have more options when applying for work permits through International Experience Canada (IEC) or the South Korean equivalent.

The new agreement states that starting in 2024:

  • The eligibility age will increase from 18-30 to 18–35.
  • Two new streams—International Co-op (Internship) and Young Professionals—will be added to complement the existing Working Holiday category.
  • Most youth will also have the option to participate twice in the program—each time for up to 24 months.

The expansion will open up new opportunities for future work and travel between Canada and South Korea.

“International experience and perspectives are particularly important in today’s global economy,” says Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship in a media release. “That’s why the Government of Canada continues to support and create reciprocal arrangements for Canadian and international youth to work and travel in each other’s country. Thanks to this new youth mobility arrangement, Canadian and South Korean youth will have more opportunities to live, travel and work abroad for longer than ever before, and Canadian employers will have a bigger talent pool to find the workers they need.”

What is IEC?

International Experience Canada (IEC) is a reciprocal program that allows youth from more than 30 countries to work and travel in each other’s countries.

There are three categories of the program:

  • Working Holiday – participants receive an open work permit allowing them to work anywhere in the host country
  • International Co-op – students receive an employer-specific work permit that allows them to gain targeted experience in their field of study.
  • Young Professionals – participants receive an employer-specific work permit to gain targeted, professional work experience that is within their field of study or career path.

In 2023, Canada is expecting to welcome some 90,000 international youth through IEC. This year, Canada increased the quota for South Korea participants from 4,000 to 6,500. There are only 135 spots available and more than 10,000 invited to apply.

Keep up to date with the latest IEC News. Check your eligibility for IEC and other Canadian immigration programs by signing up for a free Moving2Canada account.

About the author

Shelby Thevenot

Shelby Thevenot

They/Them
Canadian Immigration Writer
Shelby is a journalist, freelance writer, and expert news analyst with more than five years of experience in writing about Canadian immigration.
Read more about Shelby Thevenot
Citation "Canada expanding IEC for South Korea youth." Moving2Canada. . Copy for Citation

Advertisement

  • Canada Abroad team

    Canada Abroad

    Canada Abroad is a transparent Canadian immigration consultancy with advice you can trust. Led by Deanne Acres-Lans (RCIC #508363), the team delivers professional, regulated, and efficient service.

  • The Doherty Fultz Immigration team staff members

    Doherty Fultz Immigration

    Led by Anthony Doherty (RCIC #510956) and Cassandra Fultz (#514356), the Doherty Fultz team uses their 40+ years of experience to empower you towards settling in Canada.

  • Perez McKenzie Immigration

    Led by Jenny Perez (RCIC #423103), Perez McKenzie Immigration is a Canadian immigration consultancy based in British Columbia, with offices in Vancouver and Whistler.

Our Partners

Get your immigration questions answered by an expert

Speak with a regulated Canadian immigration consultant to help plan your immigration. Moving2Canada is happy to recommend a handful of exceptional consultants.
  • Smiling young woman at a laptop

    Find the best immigration program for you

    Take our free immigration quiz and we'll tell you the best immigration programs for you!

  • Chef at restaurant spooning vegetables

    Get matched to job opportunities

    Get matched to job opportunities from Canadian employers who are seeking to hire people with your skills.

  • Access our immigration roadmaps

    Our immigration roadmaps will teach you the basics of Express Entry, study permits, and more! Take control of your own immigration process.

Exclusive

Unlock exclusive resources with a free account.

Create a Moving2Canada account to get the resources you need, tailored to your profile. Get matched with the best immigration programs & job offers, and access exclusive events & resources.