The 2019 IEC season officially closed on October 4. Read our full news update on the season’s closure.
The 2020 season is not open, but is expected to open in the coming months.
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Read on for updates and guidelines to help you participate in the 2020 IEC season.
Interested in a working holiday in Canada in 2020? Find out about International Experience Canada (IEC) Working Holiday work permits (sometimes referred to as a Working Holiday Visa in Canada) on this page.
What is the IEC Working Holiday Visa in Canada program?
It provides temporary work permits to young people from over 30 countries, so they can legally live and get a job in Canada. The permits are valid for either 12 or 24 months, depending on your country of citizenship.
Candidates must first create a profile, which notifies Canadian authorities of their desire to receive a working holiday visa in Canada. Successful candidates will receive an invitation to formally complete their application for a work permit, however this success is subject to eligibility and availability.
Who can apply?
View the full list of International Experience Canada participating countries, including the different categories of work permits that are available.
The 2020 IEC season and biometrics
In the 2019 season, IEC introduced a new requirement for certain IEC applicants to submit biometric data, including electronic fingerprints, at designated centres. Make sure you understand the biometrics requirements for your IEC application:
How to get a working holiday visa in Canada
You can create a profile on the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.
Draws take place at “regular intervals”, where candidates are selected at random to receive an invitation to apply for a work permit, until all places are filled for the year. This means you can create a profile and become a candidate at your leisure, any time after the opening date for your country.
However, your best bet is to become a candidate as early as possible for a working holiday visa in Canada, as this IEC category is particularly popular. This will expose you to a greater number of these draws.
You’ll be asked to enter one or more ‘pools’ as determined by country and work permit category. ‘Australia: Working Holiday’ and ‘Ireland: Young Professionals’ are examples of pools.
IRCC has committed to giving at least five days notice before each country’s and category’s final rounds of invitations, which will mark the closure of that pool for the season.
Here’s how to become a candidate, and receive an invitation to apply for an IEC working holiday visa in Canada.