Working Holiday Canada News
Most recent update: August 16, 2019
1,495 invitations issued in a lean week for IEC
In the past week, Canada issued another 1,495 invitations to apply for a work permit through the International Experience Canada (IEC) program, bringing the total number issued for the year to 127,693. Though the week was modest in terms of the number of invitations issued, suggesting that the IEC season may be dwindling for some countries who are close to filling their quotas.
Highlights from the past week
Here are some highlights from the past few days in the 2019 IEC season:
- Large invitation rounds took place for the following IEC Working Holiday pools: Australia (228 invitations this round), Germany (115), Ireland (153), Japan (162), and the UK (389), while many Working Holiday candidates from other countries also received an invitation. See the table below for details.
- France redistributed quotas for two of its categories: 200 spaces were added to France’s Young Professionals category, while 200 spaces were removed from the International Co-op category.
- Though there have been a few pool closures, many IEC pools still have spaces left in their annual quotas and there are still quite a few pools with “Excellent” chances of receiving an invitation in the next round. Check the table below to see the latest info for your country.
Clarification on repeat IEC participations through Recognized Organizations
IEC candidates should take note that in late July, Canada announced a clarification regarding repeat participation in IEC. Canadian immigration authorities clarified that if an IEC participant has exhausted their allowable participations under their specific youth mobility agreement (YMA), such participants can then apply through a recognized organization and, if still eligible, maximize the number of lifetime participations up to two more times. Read full details here.
IEC Details: Per country and program
As more spots get filled up, more pools see their quota dwindle. Indeed, a few more pools are now out of spots altogether. Full details per country are in the table below. Again, some pools have received additional quotas, so if you were out of luck previously, check your pools quota once more in the table below.
With the IEC 2019 season, the upper age limit for Australians wishing to participate in the IEC program has been increased to 35 years of age, up from 30.
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This article lists the figures for the latest round of invitations in the IEC 2019 season once they become available. Our update usually provides the latest figures and reflects changes in the pools since the previous round.
2019 IEC season explained in 100 seconds
We created this short video to help you understand how all of this works.
Here’s where you’ll find the latest information for your country and pool in the International Experience Canada (IEC) Working Holiday Canada program, as well as other IEC categories.
Applicants will need to create a profile, and await their invitation to apply for a work permit. These are sent out in ‘rounds of invitations’, which take place at ‘regular intervals’, according to Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
We’ll have the latest data on the number of candidates in your pool, and your chances of being selected to receive an invitation to apply during the next round. We update this guide weekly, typically on Fridays.
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IEC information table: latest updates per country
This table was last updated on August 16, using data made available the same day. IEC Working Holiday Canada categories: ‘WH’ = ‘Working Holiday’, ‘YP’ = ‘Young Professionals’, ‘IC’ = ‘International Co-Op’.