Working Holiday Canada News
Latest update: June 21, 2019
Another 4,778 International Experience Canada (IEC) invitations were issued over the past week, with more than half of those (2,657) going to Working Holiday candidates from the UK.
Great news for British IEC candidates
After a few months of experiencing ‘Very Low’ chances of receiving an invitation, British candidates remaining in the pool enjoy ‘Excellent’ chances of being invited after the quota was doubled. The supply of IEC Working Holiday work permits remains greater than the demand; even after another huge round of invitations, the remaining quota of available work permits is still greater than the number of candidates remaining in the pool.
Austria receives quota increase
Austrians were added to the list of lucky candidates receiving a quota increase after the chances of receiving an invite where running low. The Austrian IEC Working Holiday pool received 85 additional spots, while the Young Professionals and International Co-op pools received 10 and 5 extra spots respectively.
Other IEC candidates also faring well
Here are some more highlights from the latest IEC invitation round:
- Large batches of Working Holiday invitations again went to candidates from France (611), Japan (182), Ireland (198), and Australia (253), with candidates from other countries also receiving invitations in smaller numbers.
- Germany also saw a large round of 355 invitations across all pools after receiving a quota increase on June 14.
- Invitations to apply were issued across more than 40 IEC pools, bringing the total for the 2019 IEC season so far to 112,652.
- 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.
- 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.
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 June 21, using data made available the same day. IEC Working Holiday Canada categories: ‘WH’ = ‘Working Holiday’, ‘YP’ = ‘Young Professionals’, ‘IC’ = ‘International Co-Op’.