In the latest round of invitations of the International Experience Canada (IEC) 2024 season, 5,166 work permit invitations were sent out by the week ending February 17, 2024.
Of the 5,166 invitations, 4,655 invitations were sent out under the Working Holiday category. There are 38,668 available spots for young people from 35 countries who can apply for the Working Holiday visa. Currently, there are 29,713 eligible candidates in the pool.
So far this year, 33,184 invitations have been sent out for the Working Holiday Visa category of the IEC program.
257 invitations were sent for the Young Professional category, and 118 invitations were sent for the International Co-op (internship) category.
IEC Season 2024
The IEC 2024 season started on December 11, 2023. Now, young people from eligible countries can send their profiles to the IEC pool.
This year, IEC 2024 plans to invite over 74,000 people from 35 eligible countries.
As of the latest update on February 13th from IRCC, the processing time for IEC 2024 applications is 3 weeks.
Working Holiday Visa Invitations:
People invited from eligible countries under the Working Holiday category get an open work permit. This permit lets them work for almost any company in Canada.
This category is for you if:
- You don’t have a job offer yet.
- You want to work for multiple employers in Canada.
- You’d like to work in different places and make money to fund your travels.
In the latest round of invitations, 4,655 new open work permit invitations were sent out under the Working Holiday category.
Young Professionals Invitations:
In the Young Professionals category, eligible applicants from certain countries are given a work visa tied to a specific employer.
To qualify in this category, you need:
- A real job offer from a Canadian company that supports your career growth.
- Commitment to work for the same company at the same place.
In the latest rounds of invitations, 274 invitations were sent in this category, providing you with a chance to gain valuable international work experience in your field of study or profession.
International Co-op (Internship):
You can get a work visa for a specific employer in the International Co-op (Internship) category.
This category is for you if you:
- are a post-secondary student with a job offer for a work placement or internship in Canada.
- will complete your education through this work placement or internship.
- will work for the same employer at the same place during your time in Canada.
In the latest round of invitations, 237 invitations were sent out under the International Co-op (Internship) category.
Participation Of Finland And Iceland
Finland and Iceland are joining the IEC countries in 2024. On August 4, Canada and Iceland agreed to allow young people aged 18-30 to work and travel between the two nations.
In 2024, Finland is also a part of this program. South Korean youth can participate in programs like Young Professionals and International Co-Op.
IEC 2024 Fees
For IEC 2024, the fee is $172 CAD. Canada encourages qualified applicants from the IEC pools to apply for a Canadian work permit every week.
The cost of your International Experience Canada application depends on the program you choose.
If you’re applying for the Working Holiday program, the fee is $100 CAD.
For Young Professionals and International Co-op candidates, there are no additional fees. However, employers of these candidates need to pay a $230 CAD employer compliance fee.
If biometrics are required, there’s an additional fee of $85 CAD when you pay the IEC fee.
In certain situations, you can get a refund for the IEC fee, open work permit holder fee, and employer compliance fees.
If you withdraw your work permit application before receiving your Port of Entry (POE) letter of introduction or if your employer withdraws their job offer before your work permit is issued, you can get a refund.
Additionally, if your work permit application is refused, you’ll receive a refund.