Wondering if you can work and travel in Canada for longer? Did you receive an IEC work permit that was shorter in duration than you expected? There are some scenarios where corrections may be made. Find out if any of these situations apply to you.
Immigration authorities have clarified when extensions can be granted for participants of the International Experience Canada program.
For most participants, it’s not possible to increase what’s known as the “validity period” of your work permit. These are initially granted to allow people work and travel in Canada for periods of up to 24 months.
However, certain exceptions to this rule apply. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) published a set of instructions on which outline when work permits can be extended beyond what was initially issued at the port of entry.
They have also clarified the rules on when these IEC work permits cannot be extended.
The scenarios below relate to extensions of a single IEC work permit. Some participants may be eligible to apply for multiple IEC work permits, and we cover this in our list of International Experience Canada participating countries.
Moreover, this page is intended for those who have reason to believe that their IEC work permit validity is shorter in duration than it should be. If you simply want to stay in Canada after an IEC work permit, please visit our immigration guide.
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.