Do you want to stay in Canada after your International Experience Canada (IEC) work permit expires? You’re not alone. Tons of people who travel to Canada end up having such a good time on an IEC working holiday that they want to stay longer. But, how do you stay in Canada after IEC? Let’s walk through your options.
Before we jump into it, there are a few things you should know. First of all, Canada is strict when it comes to immigration rules. If you get caught breaking the rules of your status in Canada, it can have serious legal impacts, so just don’t do it!
With that in mind, you should know that it is illegal to remain in Canada beyond the validity of your status in Canada. If your work permit is going to expire, you need to either get new status or leave the country, otherwise you risk facing the legal consequences of overstaying.
Can you extend your IEC work permit?
IEC participants are only able to extend their work permits under exceptional circumstances, and sadly, wanting another ski season at Whistler isn’t quite exceptional enough. For this reason, you’ll have to look through the options below to figure out what works best for you.
Golden rule: Plan ahead!
You’ve already gone through the IEC process, so you already have an idea of how the Canadian immigration system works. Would you describe it as the fastest, easiest, or most efficient system out there? No, neither would we.
Take this into account if you want to stay in Canada after IEC. It’s not a decision that you can make quickly, so try to plan ahead. Many of the options listed below require immigration applications to be prepared, submitted, and processed, and that can take months.
So, what are your best options for staying in Canada after IEC?