Working Holiday Canada News
Latest update: February 15, 2019
Invitations to apply for work a permit under the International Experience Canada (IEC) program were issued across 55 pools last week, as the 2019 IEC season continues.
A total of 2,115 invitations were issued in this round — the fewest of any invitation round so far for the 2019 IEC season — bringing the total number issued this season to 52,746. A total of 1,130 spots were filled since the previous week, as more candidates enter the pool(s) for their country of citizenship.
Here are some highlights from the latest round of invitations:
- The largest number of IEC Working Holiday invitations issued went to candidates from Australia (330), Germany (281) and South Korea (125) — the only Working Holiday pools for which more than 100 invitations were issued last week. Smaller numbers of invitations were issued across other Working Holiday pools (see table below).
- The first invitation rounds for candidates from Greece and Poland took place.
- Chances of receiving an invitation for Working Holiday candidates from Ireland have slipped from ‘excellent’ to ‘fair’.
- The number of spots available in the UK Working Holiday pool now stands at 26 spots.
- Chances of receiving an invitation are now very low across a number of Working Holiday pools, notably the UK, Taiwan, Spain, South Korea, Poland and France, among others. This is because the number of individuals having declared interest in the given category is significantly greater than the annual quota. Some, though not all, Working Holiday hopefuls who don’t receive an invitation in their given pool may have the option of entering a Young Professionals or International Co-op pool, if these categories are offered for their country and if the candidate is eligible, including a requirement to have a relevant job offer in Canada.
- As was the case last week, it remains that no Working Holiday invitations have been issued yet to candidates from the Netherlands. We don’t know when these invitations may begin to be issued at this time.
- Don’t forget about the other two IEC categories — Young Professionals and International Co-op — as a diverse range of candidates received an invitation for either of these categories. France had a big International Co-op round last week, with 311 invitations issued, and we could be seeing more invitations issued for those pools as the 2019 IEC season develops.
The pools for Mexico and the Ukraine remain on hold and are currently not accepting applicants.
The new season adds Portugal to the list of countries participating in IEC, allowing Portuguese citizens aged 18-35 one participation of up to 24 months in one of the three categories. The quotas for the Portuguese pools include 1,750 spots in the Working Holiday category, 200 Young Professionals spots and 50 spots for International Co-op.
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 February 15, 2019, using data made available the same day. IEC Working Holiday Canada categories: ‘WH’ = ‘Working Holiday’, ‘YP’ = ‘Young Professionals’, ‘IC’ = ‘International Co-Op’.