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Canada has slashed average processing times for the International Experience Canada (IEC) program, with applicants now getting a decision on their application in just four weeks, down from a previous average of eight weeks.

As a result, IEC applicants — most of whom apply through the popular Working Holiday category — can expect a quick decision on their application. The Working Holiday allows eligible applicants from more than 30 countries to live and work in Canada for up to 12 or 24 months, depending on their citizenship.

More than 35,000 invitations have been issued during the opening few weeks of the IEC season. IEC communities, such as those on Facebook and Moving2Canada, have been buzzing with activity over this period, with some early applicants already approved to land in Canada.

Now, the government of Canada has made the four-week IEC processing time official.

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As you plan your move, you’ll get information and advice on what you need to do next. Once you land, you’ll get answers, advice and guidance as you navigate life in a new country.Working holiday visa in Canada: Moving2Canada GO

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Hugo O'Doherty

Canadian Immigration & Integration Specialist
Hugo O’Doherty has over a decade of experience and research in Canadian immigration, establishing him as a recognized authority on immigrant integration and adaptation. His personal and professional experiences with immigration have made him an expert on the practical aspects of successfully moving to and settling in Canada.
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