Calling all adventurous young people from around the world! The International Experience Canada (IEC) program has just announced a surge in invitations for its 2024 season, sending out over 4,603 work permit invitations in the latest draw. This exciting news opens the door for thousands of international youth to travel, work, and gain valuable professional experience in Canada.

Did You Get an Invitation?

If you were among the lucky applicants to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) through the recent IEC draw, congratulations! This is a significant step towards fulfilling your dream of living and working in Canada. For those who weren't selected this time around, don't be discouraged. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has indicated a commitment to holding more regular Express Entry draws throughout 2024, with invitations issued based on a predetermined schedule.

What is the IEC program and how can you participate?

The IEC program is a fantastic opportunity for young adults (typically between the ages of 18 and 35) from eligible countries to live, work, and travel across Canada. There are three categories under the IEC program:

  1. Working Holiday:
  2. This category is ideal for individuals who want to explore Canada, work for multiple employers, and gain valuable work experience in various sectors. Successful applicants receive a Canada open work permit, allowing them the flexibility to work for any employer in Canada.

  3. Young Professionals:
  4. If you have a valid job offer from a pre-approved Canadian employer, you may be eligible to apply through the Young Professionals category. This category grants you an employer-specific work visa, allowing you to work in a specific position for the company that extended the job offer.

  5. International Co-op (Internship):
  6. Are you a post-secondary student with a job offer for an internship in Canada? The International Co-op category is designed for you. This category provides you with an employer-specific work visa to complete a work placement or internship related to your field of study.

What are the eligibility requirements?

To be eligible for the IEC program, you must be a citizen of a country that has a signed IEC agreement with Canada. You must also meet the specific eligibility requirements for your chosen category (Working Holiday, Young Professionals, or International Co-op). Generally, these requirements include meeting age limitations, having a valid passport, possessing sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Canada, and meeting the language proficiency requirements (English or French).

Here's a quick breakdown of the IEC 2024 Draw Results (as of June 1, 2024):

Category Invitations Issued This Week Available Spots Candidates in Pool 2024 Quota Chances of Being Invited in the Next Round
Working Holiday 4,152 19,285 33,394 61,851 Excellent (for most countries)
Young Professionals 323 4,168 5,767,324 - Varies Depending on Country and Job Offer
International Co-op (Internship) 128 2,364 384,905 - Varies Depending on the Job Offer

Important Note: The "Chances of Being Invited in the Next Round" column is an indicator based on the current pool size and available spots. This information can change depending on IRCC's selection process and future invitations issued.

How Can Visa Solutions 4u Help You with Your IEC Application?

The IEC application process can seem daunting, particularly when navigating complex eligibility requirements and program specifics. Visa Solutions 4u can be your trusted guide throughout your IEC journey. Our team of experienced immigration consultants can help you