What is the International Experience Category (IEC)?

International Experience Category

International Experience Category (IEC) is a program that is run by the government of Canada for immigrants aged 18 – 35 year old from all over the world. The IEC aims to give opportunity to travel and work in Canada for up to 2 years. Firstly, you have to check that your country has an agreement with Canada that enables you to enlist in the International Experience Category (IEC). There are three types of IEC that give experience of travel and work in Canada

  • Working Holiday 
  • Young Professionals 
  • International Co-op (Internship)

Working Holiday – Working Holiday Permit referred or the “WHP” is only for those who don’t have any job offer. In this work permit, you can work at more than one place. You can work for more than one employer in Canada, you can earn money, and you can travel. This all comes under the open permit policy.

Young Professionals: Young Professionals or the “YP” is only for those who have a job offer or work permit and are looking for valuable experience in Canada for 12-24 months according to your country’s citizenship. You have to need a job offer letter before applying for a work permit in Canada.

International Co-op (Internship): This is only for a student who wants to do an internship from Canada for 6 to 24 months. Internships should be relevant to their field or studies. You have to find a suitable employer before you visit Canada.

You are Eligible for the International Experience Category or not:

Canada signed an agreement with 33 countries for this IEC according to their Eligibility and conditions. Most of the countries sign only for one or two of the three types of IEC Permit. They allow them to be aged between 18 – 35 year old and allow them a twenty four months of work permit. Some more eligible criteria for IEC are,

  • Your country must have signed agreement for this
  • You need a valid passport for IEC otherwise you are not allowed to enter in Canada
  • Take a proof of your present address in your country of residence when you are applying
  • A minimum $2500 Canadian Dollar for your expenses in Canada
  • Health insurance is necessary for Canada for the duration of your stay.

This the table for eligible according to their country:

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Country of citizenship Working Holiday Young Professionals International Co-op (Internship) Age limit

Austria

12 months

12 months

6 months

WH: 18-30 years – YP/Internship: 18-35 years

Australia

24 months

12 months

12 months

18-35 years old

Belgium

12 months

-

-

18-30 years old

Chile

12 months

12 months

12 months

18-35 years old

Croatia

12 months

12 months

12 months

18-35 years old

Costa Rica

12 months

12 months

12 months

18-35 years old

Czeck republic

12 months

12 months

12 months

18-35 years old

Denmark

12 months

-

-

18-35 years old

Estonia

12 months

12 months

12 months

18-35 years old

France

24 months

24 months

12 months

18-35 years old

Germany

12 months

12 months

12 months

18-35 years old

Hong Kong

12 months

-

-

18-30 years old

Ireland

24 months

24 months

12 months

18-35 years old

Italy

6 months

-

-

18-35 years old

Japan

12 months

-

-

18-30 years old

Latvia

12 months

12 months

12 months

18-35 years old

Lithuania

12 months

12 months

12 months

18-35 years old

Lu-embourg

12 months

12 months

12 months

18-30 years old

New Zealand

23 months

-

-

18-35 years old

Netherlands

12 months

12 months

-
18-30 years old

Norway

12 months

12 months

12 months

18-35 years old

Poland

12 months

12 months

12 months

18-35 years old

Portugal

24 months

24 months

24 months

18-35 years old

San Marino

24 months

-

-

18-35 years old

Slovakia

12 months

12 months

12 months

18-35 years old

Slovenia

12 months

12 months

12 months

18-35 years old

Spain

12 months

12 months

12 months

18-35 years old

South Korea

12 months

-

-

18-30 years old

Sweden

12 months

12 months

12 months

18-30 years old

Switzerland

-

18 months

12 months

18-35 years old

Taiwan

12 months

12 months

12 months

18-35 years old

United Kingdom

24 months

-

-

18-30 years old

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