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.
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.
Scenario 1: Administrative errors were made relating to the validity period of the IEC work permit.
Occasionally, border officers may issue an IEC work permit with an incorrect expiry date.
Citizens from some countries, like Ireland and Australia, can receive IEC work permits allowing them to work and travel in Canada for 24 months. This is so long as their passport and travel insurance is valid for the duration of this term.
Citizens from other countries, like Germany, can only receive an IEC work permit for up to 12 months.
Moving2Canada readers have told us of instances where they have received a 12-month IEC work permit, despite being eligible for a 24-month visa.
Where an example like this occurs, the work permit-holder can apply for an extension, up to the maximum duration allowed from the date of entry.
“Under this scenario, the employer is not required to submit a new offer of employment and pay the employer compliance fee,” the IRCC explained in its instructional notes.
“The IEC client remains exempt from having to pay the work permit processing fees and participation fees.”
A paper application can be sent using the instructions on Guide 5553.