Working Holiday Canada News
Latest update: April 12, 2019
This page will next be updated on or before April 22, 2019
Another 3,625 International Experience Canada (IEC) invitations were divvied out over the past few days, and the biggest winners were Working Holiday candidates from Asian countries such as South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan, though the number of invitations issued to these candidates was in fact far lower than number of candidates remaining in those pools.
Working Holiday candidates from Ireland, Australia, France, Germany, Poland, and Spain also fared well, with at least 100 invitations issued to candidates in each of those countries’ Working Holiday pools.
The total number of invitations issued in the week beginning April 8 was significantly lower than the nearly 10,000 issued over the first week of April. That invitation round followed a lean March, during which the number of invitations was reduced so that staff could process many of the applications submitted during the first few weeks of 2019.
Here are some highlights from the latest IEC invitation round:
- In total, 3.625 invitations to apply were issued across 47 IEC pools, bringing the total for the 2019 IEC season so far to 73,194.
- Chances of receiving an invitation in the next round are now ‘Excellent’ for Working Holiday candidates from Australia, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, and a handful of other countries.
- Candidates in other IEC pools currently have a ‘Very Low’ chance of being invited in the next round. This includes Working Holiday candidates from the UK, Taiwan, Spain, South Korea, France, Chile, Belgium, Austria, and a few other countries.
- Despite that fact that many of the Working Holiday pools had chances of invitation listed as ‘Very low’ entering the week, many of pools (including each pool listed in the above paragraph) received invitations nonetheless, showing that ‘Very low’ does not mean impossible.
- After months of waiting, the first round of invitations for candidates from the Netherlands Working Holiday pool took place.
- The new Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Dublin, which opened on March 1, has moved location away from the Embassy of Canada. We are gathering details on how this will affect applicants who need to submit biometrics in Dublin.
- Don’t forget about the other two IEC categories — Young Professionals and International Co-op — as a diverse range of candidates received an invitation through these categories.
With the pools open for 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.
You may also find the figures for the last round of invitations in the IEC 2018 season (as of September 28, 2018) at the bottom of the article.
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 Mondays.
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IEC information table
This table was last updated on March 29, 2019, using data made available the same day. IEC Working Holiday Canada categories: ‘WH’ = ‘Working Holiday’, ‘YP’ = ‘Young Professionals’, ‘IC’ = ‘International Co-Op’.