International Experience Canada (IEC) Youth Exchange Programs
Canada's International Exchange Program visa allows eligible foreign students and young workers from designated countries to work and live in Canada temporarily in order to learn new skills and gain valuable exposure to the Canadian culture. The programs vary from country to country and are managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Each program maintains its own requirements, application quotas, submission deadlines and upper age limits, and applications are processed on a first-come first-served basis. Some programs have a limited number of spaces each year.
There may also be conditions attached to the visa which may limit the type of work and the employer for whom the applicant may work. Once granted, the visa holder can vacation and travel in Canada, explore the diverse country, and engage in temporary work to supplement their travel expenses.Assessment for Businesses Assessment for Employees
International Experience Canada (IEC) Basic Visa Requirements
In order to qualify for a Working Holiday visa, applicants must depending on the program.
- Be a citizen of an eligible country such as; Austria, Australia, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and USA.
- Hold a valid passport from a country which has a reciprocal arrangement with Canada;
- Be aged between 18-35 years of age at the time of the application(depending on the relevant program);
- Be a full-time student in some cases, possess no criminal convictions or serious medical conditions; and
- Have private health insurance and sufficient funds for their intended stay; and
- Additional conditions as applicable to each program.
International Experience Canada (IEC) Visa Entitlements
Once an International Experience Canada visa has been issued, applicants are generally provided with assistance on organizing their trip, job search, assistance and orientation in Canada upon arrival, accommodation arrangement and support. The duration of the visa will usually vary between 1-24 months. Applicants can also pursue language, general interest or self-improvement studies. An International Experience Canada visa is an invaluable opportunity for young people to explore all that Canada has to offer. Applications are accepted on a yearly basis, on a first-come first-served basis. Some visas are issued as a once-in-a lifetime opportunity, while others allow for repeat participation. Temporary work permit holders can extend their stay in Canada by applying for another visa, during their stay.Assessment for Businesses Assessment for Employees
To see a full listing of our fees and services, International Experience Canada (IEC) Visa processing times and application costs please visit our FAQ page.
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A Temporary Work visa allows Canadian employers to sponsor foreign workers in a variety of occupations to come and work temporarily in Canada.
The Live-in Caregiver Work visa allows applicants to live and work with a Canadian family, while taking care of children, the sick or elderly.
The Lower-Skilled Occupations program allows for the temporary entry of foreign workers into lower-skilled occupations for a period of up to 2 years.
The Off-Campus Work visa allows foreign students to work off-campus for specified periods of time while completing their studies.
The Partner of Work/Study Permit Holder visa allows partners of study and work permit holders to live and work in Canada.
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The Post-Graduation Work visa allows graduated foreign students in Canada to remain and obtain valuable work experience for up to three years.
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