International Experience Canada Program starting new draws in 2023 Season
The International Experience Canada Program will open next week, on January 9, 2023. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) increased the IEC quota for 2023 by 20%. The IEC provides a two-year opportunity for foreign youth aged 18-35 from 36 partner countries. The program allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers for an extended period and enables young people to travel, get international experience and explore the country.
The quota for 2023 has been increased by 20% by IRCC in comparison to 2022. IEC 2023 will have a total quota of 90,000 applicants from partner countries. The first round of invitations will be issued on January 9, 2023. Australia, Ireland, France, Japan, the United Kingdom, Korea, New Zealand, and Italy have each received more than 50% of the quota.
International Experience Canada Program
Youth can travel and work in Canada for at least two years under the International Experience Canada program (IEC).
For people who want the freedom to work for any employer in Canada, a working holiday visa is suitable. Applicants who are admitted into this program also receive an open work permit. This implies that you can change occupations and residences while staying in Canada. You receive an open work permit if you are on a working holiday. This enables employment with almost any employer in Canada.
Those who apply under this category may work for a Canadian company and obtain work experience there. Candidates need to have a valid job offer from Canada in order to apply. However, as this program offers an employer-specific work visa, you are required to work there for the same company.
You will get an employer-specific work visa if you come under the international co-op (internship) category. Your intended internship in Canada must be directly related to your area of study. The province or territory in which you’ll be working must obey its labor rules regarding wages and working conditions. Whether or not an internship must be paid will depend on the province’s or territory’s labor code.
List of Eligible Countries For IEC
All IEC member countries are shown in the table below:
- There should be an agreement between Canada and your country of citizenship.
- The maximum age required is 35 years
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