Working Holiday Canada News
Few invitations issued in the week of September 13, despite return to randomized draws
Over the past week, approximately 1,100 IEC candidates have been invited to apply for their Canadian work permit. Compared to previous IEC seasons, this is not a large number of invitations for a single week.
This relatively small number of invitations may disappoint some IEC candidates who were hopeful that the return to randomized IEC draws would bring high numbers of invitations. It is notable that, according to the IEC website, chances of receiving an invitation through the Working Holiday program remain “Very Low” for all countries (except Hong Kong), despite many spots remaining in the quotas for most countries.
Unfortunately, IEC has not offered an explanation for the low number of invitations, or the continued “Very Low” chances for Working Holiday candidates. However, with many spots remaining in these pools, there are reasons to remain optimistic that invitations may pick up before the season closes.
Find out how many invitations were issued for your country by consulting the table below.
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Invitations issued and remaining spots for 2021
This table includes all participating IEC countries and pools. It is updated periodically to reflect how many invitations have been issued, how many spaces are left, and what the chances are to receive an invitation in the next round. These numbers reflect invitations issued between September 13 and September 17.
|Pool||Quota||Invitations to date||Invitations since our last update||Spots available||Spots filled last round||Eligible candidates in pool||Candidate change||Chances of invite in next round|
|Australia – WH||Unlimited||642||56||Unlimited||n/a||947||53||Very low|
|Australia – YP||Unlimited||323||13||Unlimited||n/a||10||1||Excellent|
|Australia – IC||Unlimited||3||1||Unlimited||n/a||1||0||Excellent|
|Austria - WH||100||4||3||97||2||27||13||Very low|
|Austria - YP||60||1||1||59||1||2||0||Excellent|
|Austria - IC||20||1||1||19||1||0||-1||Excellent|
|Belgium - WH||750||142||16||631||9||371||37||Very low|
|Chile - WH||670||1034||0||0||0||2137||132||Very low|
|Chile - YP||78||375||0||0||0||79||9||Very low|
|Chile - IC||2||11||0||2||0||0||0||Excellent|
|Costa Rica - WH||70||91||0||0||0||232||8||Very low|
|Costa Rica - YP||28||76||0||0||0||29||1||Very low|
|Costa Rica - IC||2||3||1||1||0||0||0||Excellent|
|Croatia - WH||275||30||3||250||2||45||0||Very low|
|Croatia - YP||20||21||0||15||0||0||0||Excellent|
|Croatia - IC||5||0||0||5||0||0||0||Excellent|
|Czech Republic - WH||800||342||21||495||14||415||34||Very low|
|Czech Republic - YP||345||514||7||130||2||4||1||Excellent|
|Czech Republic - IC||5||0||0||5||0||0||0||Excellent|
|Denmark – WH||350||180||11||197||9||121||-3||Very low|
|Estonia - WH||110||3||2||108||1||15||2||Very low|
|Estonia - YP||10||1||0||9||0||0||0||Excellent|
|Estonia - IC||5||0||0||5||0||0||0||Excellent|
|France - WH||7100||2299||212||5097||148||8339||855||Very low|
|France - YP||2200||2573||79||750||43||88||33||Excellent|
|France - VIE||450||337||9||150||12||61||1||Excellent|
|France - IC||4250||1164||24||3642||8||29||13||Excellent|
|Germany – WH||4490||397||40||4165||42||964||39||Very low|
|Germany – YP||350||291||10||215||3||8||4||Excellent|
|Germany – IC||160||36||2||140||1||1||-1||Excellent|
|Greece - WH||70||25||5||48||32||89||8||Very low|
|Greece - YP||125||172||1||23||-23||3||2||Excellent|
|Greece - IC||5||8||0||3||5||0||0||Excellent|
|Hong Kong - WH||200||294||6||82||-1||11||8||Excellent|
|Ireland – WH||10150||1919||105||8624||79||2486||150||Very low|
|Ireland – YP||500||612||21||446||-1||14||-4||Excellent|
|Ireland – IC||50||19||0||46||0||0||0||Excellent|
|Italy - WH||1000||155||26||894||16||584||26||Very low|
|Japan - WH||6500||467||21||6083||24||542||193||Very low|
|Latvia - WH||40||17||4||30||3||35||8||Very low|
|Latvia - YP||8||8||2||6||1||0||-1||Excellent|
|Latvia - IC||2||0||0||2||0||0||0||Excellent|
|Lithuania - WH||175||29||10||157||6||146||38||Very low|
|Lithuania - YP||20||8||1||16||0||1||0||Excellent|
|Lithuania - IC||5||0||0||5||0||0||0||Excellent|
|Luxembourg - WH||80||4||1||76||1||8||1||Very low|
|Luxembourg - YP||10||0||0||10||0||0||0||Excellent|
|Luxembourg - IC||10||0||0||10||0||0||0||Excellent|
|Netherlands - WH||430||130||12||325||7||163||7||Very low|
|Netherlands - YP||170||117||5||117||1||2||2||Excellent|
|New Zealand – WH||2500||137||21||2386||13||278||22||Very low|
|Norway - WH||130||11||2||124||1||15||2||Very low|
|Norway - YP||15||10||0||11||0||0||0||Excellent|
|Norway - IC||5||0||0||5||0||0||0||Excellent|
|Poland - WH||635||33||12||614||8||165||27||Very low|
|Poland - YP||110||66||8||73||3||2||-2||Excellent|
|Poland - IC||5||1||0||4||0||0||0||Excellent|
|Portugal - WH||1750||167||24||1610||15||267||10||Very low|
|Portugal - YP||200||57||1||185||1||1||0||Excellent|
|Portugal - IC||50||4||0||49||0||1||1||Excellent|
|San Marino - WH||25||0||0||25||0||0||0||Very low|
|Slovakia - WH||245||158||12||115||8||207||19||Very low|
|Slovakia - YP||100||151||2||46||-2||2||1||Excellent|
|Slovakia - IC||5||0||0||5||0||0||0||Excellent|
|Slovenia - WH||80||3||1||78||1||8||5||Very low|
|Slovenia - YP||15||2||2||14||1||1||-1||Excellent|
|Slovenia - IC||5||0||0||5||0||0||0||Excellent|
|South Korea - WH||4000||1114||68||3112||52||1807||487||Very low|
|Spain – WH||800||195||25||654||18||645||48||Very low|
|Spain – YP||150||293||5||44||0||8||5||Excellent|
|Spain – IC||50||18||1||42||0||0||0||Excellent|
|Sweden - WH||580||89||6||501||5||56||1||Very low|
|Sweden - YP||100||37||1||85||-1||2||1||Excellent|
|Sweden - IC||20||0||0||20||0||0||0||Excellent|
|Switzerland - YP||200||151||5||102||2||3||0||Excellent|
|Switzerland - IC||50||21||1||39||1||0||-1||Excellent|
|Taiwan - WH||840||289||46||623||32||1017||48||Very low|
|Taiwan - YP||150||217||7||88||4||7||0||Excellent|
|Taiwan - IC||10||18||0||10||0||0||0||Excellent|
|UK – WH||5000||2183||117||3156||98||3815||207||Very low|
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Entry requirements & special COVID-19 measures for the 2021 IEC season
Canada has lifted the job offer requirement for fully vaccinated IEC candidates and returned to randomized invitation rounds the week of September 13. A candidate’s vaccination status has no impact on their ability to receive an invitation or submit an application. However, vaccination status plays an important role in the entry and activation process for Working Holiday candidates.
If you are unvaccinated/partially vaccinated: You don’t need a job offer to submit your profile to the IEC working holiday pool or to receive an invitation to apply. However, you need a job offer from a Canadian employer in order to enter Canada and activate your work permit. You will also have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival in Canada. Get tips with our guide on finding a job for IEC, plus check out this employment opportunity from Young Guns Container Crew.
If you are fully vaccinated: You do not require a job offer in order to enter Canada, but you will need to provide proof of vaccination. You still need to follow Canada’s special requirements for travel during COVID-19, including mandatory pre-arrival COVID-19 testing.
In order to be considered a fully vaccinated traveller, you must have received the full series of a Health Canada approved COVID-19 vaccine or a combination of accepted vaccines. You must have received your last dose at least 14 days prior to travelling. Canada currently accepts four vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD, Johnson & Johnson. If you have been vaccinated using a different vaccine, you are not eligible for this exemption at this time.
Last chance to request an extension on POE letters
Throughout the pandemic, IRCC has allowed IEC candidates who had received their Port of Entry (POE) letter of introduction to request extensions of up to 12 months at a time due to travel delays caused by COVID-19. IRCC is ending this policy as of December 31, 2021. IEC candidates may request one final 12-month extension on their POE letter provided that the extension request is received before December 31, 2021.
In order to be eligible to request a final extension, candidates must:
- have had their initial POE letter granted between January 1, 2019, and April 30, 2020;
- have received their POE through the Working Holiday program;
- have a current POE letter that expires prior to December 31, 2021;
- have been unable to find employment to overcome Canada’s travel restrictions.
Candidates interested in applying for this extension can get full details here.
2021 has been a slow year for IEC invitations, but that may change in September
The 2021 IEC season has moved at an extremely slow pace compared to previous years. In the past four weeks, 2,895 invitations have been issued. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is the likely culprit behind the slow pace of invitations, as IEC officials imposed a new job offer requirement on the Working Holiday program during the pandemic. But, the job offer requirement is lifting as of September 13.
On September 7, Canada opened its borders to fully vaccinated travellers from all countries. With this new border policy, Canadian immigration officials made the decision to lift the job offer requirement for IEC participants to receive invitations and return to randomized draws as of September 13. It’s unclear exactly how this will impact the remained of the IEC season, but with massive unfilled quotas remaining for many countries, it wouldn’t be surprising if September brought some huge invitation rounds.
Full details about how many invitations were issued for each country and how many spots are left are included in the table below.
Job offer required for unvaccinated IEC participants to enter Canada: IEC participants who are not vaccinated against COVID-19, are eligible to receive invitations through the randomized draws, but in order to enter Canada, unvaccinated participants will have to provide proof of a job offer in Canada (as has been the case throughout the pandemic). For tips and tricks on how to land a job offer for the 2021 IEC Season, check out our guide, or check out this employment offer from our partner, Young Guns Container Crew.