The IEC Young Professionals Work Permits program is specially designed for eligible young individuals age between 18 –35 to come as visitor in Canada and work on a temporary basis for 1 to 2 years.
The IEC program is composed of three categories:
Young individuals in this IEC Young Professionals Work Permits program can apply and receive an open work permit, valid for one to two years. This allows the participants to work for any employer in Canada. Participants of this program from some of the countries may be allowed to stay in Canada for two or less years. This program is designed to help young participants to fund their vacation with temporary work in Canada.
This program allows young citizens of the few specified participating countries to gain valuable international professional experience by working for a Canadian company. Applicants must have a signed job offer letter or contract of employment from a Canadian employer. The scope of work must be such so as to contribute to the applicant’s professional development. The job must be paid only and should not be covered under self-employment.
All job offers must meet National Occupation Code (NOC) Skill Type Level 0, A, or B. If the candidate has a valid post-secondary diploma or degree which relates to NOC level C, he might also be eligible under this class.
International Co-op Internship
This program allows eligible candidates to get valuable international work experience related to their field of study. International student is offered internship or co-op as per their study program in their own country as well as the Canadian provincial laws. This helps them, to gain international experience as well as to complete their Study program. The student is normally allowed to work with only one employee and the employer needs to follow all provincial labour laws. The internship or co-op can be paid or without pay depending upon the study program as well as the provincial laws.
To be eligibility IEC program the candidates must:
Be citizen or permanent residence of one of the 33 countries having a bilateral youth mobility agreement with Canada
Be having a passport which does not expire within the duration of their stay in Canada as the work permit is only issued up to the validity of the passport
Be of 18 to 30 or 35 years of age at the time of application depending upon the applicant’s country of citizenship
Be possessing an equivalent of $2,500 CAN upon landing in Canada so as to help him cover initial boarding and lounging expenses
Be in a position to take health insurance coverage during their stay. They must show evidence at the Point of Entry.
Be criminally and medically admissible to Canada;
Be having a round-trip ticket or must have financial means to purchase one at the expiry of their visa.
Be visiting without any accompanying dependents; and
Have paid the appropriate fees
All Eligible candidates under all the three categories submit their IEC profile to express their interest in the IEC program. IEC profiles are entered into suitable category of pool(s) and are selected during scheduled “Rounds” of invitations on random basis which is different for different country.
For more information about the Internation Experience Class (IEC) program or for assistance in preparing an application.