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International Experience Canada (IEC) Is Now Open For 2023

Last Updated On 10 January 2023, 10:06 AM EST (Toronto Time)

Today, the pools for the 2023 season of International Experience Canada (IEC) have been opened for new candidates. Eligible candidates can now create their profile online to participate in IEC 2023.

IEC 2023 first round of invitations will be sent on January 9, 2023. So, if you are eligible for IEC, then you should create your profile as it is always better being sooner than later.

On December 1, 2022 IRCC Minister Sean Fraser announced 20% increase in IEC quota. As a result, 90,000 youngsters can come to Canada from the partner countries.

Recently, IRCC included Italy to the IEC in all the categories on November 14, 2022. So, Italians aged 18 – 35 can also participate in IEC 2023 in all the categories.

This article delves into:

What is International Experience Canada (IEC)?

IEC has 3 categories:

  1. Working Holiday—This visa is suitable for those who desire the freedom to work for any employer in Canada. Moreover, candidates under this scheme obtain an open work permit. This implies you can move jobs and locations while still residing in Canada.
  2. Young Professionals—Applicants under this category can gain Canadian work experience by working with a Canadian business. To apply, candidates must have a legitimate Canadian employment offer. However, because this programme provides an employer-specific work visa, you must work for the same company in the same place.
  3. International Co-op – Through this programme, international students can complete an internship or work placement in Canada. However, this is only true when it is a need.

IEC Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for an IEC

  • Your country of citizenship should have an agreement with Canada
  • Your maximum age must be 35 years old

Full List of Countries Eligible For IEC 2023

Costa Rica
Czech Republic
Denmark (Danish citizens who reside in Greenland and the Faroe Islands are also eligible)
Hong Kong
New Zealand
San Marino
South Korea
United Kingdom

How Can Indians, Brazilians, & Americans Participate In IEC 2023?

Although, IEC is only for above listed countries. Youth less than the age of 35 years old from India, Brazil, and the United States can also apply using a recognized organization (RO).

However, the options are limited. Below are the recognized organizations (ROs) that Indians, Brazilians, and Americans can use to participate in IEC 2023.

  1. AIESEC Canada is a non-profit organization that helps develop leadership in youth. AIESEC offers work permit for Young Professionals (employer-specific work permit) for career development.
    • Target market: Youth aged 18 to 30
    • Eligible to: IEC countries/territories, Brazil, India
  2. GO International is a Canadian organization that offers work and travel opportunities. They offer Working Holiday (open work permit).
    • Target market: Youth aged 18 to 35
    • Eligible to: IEC countries/territories, the United States
  3. IAESTE offers opportunities in technical career-related jobs. They offer work permits for Young Professionals (employer-specific work permit) for career development and International Co-op (Internship) (employer-specific work permit) for students.
    • Target market: Youth aged 18 to 35
    • Eligible to: IEC countries and other IAESTE country partners (Including India, Nigeria, Brazil, and more)

Click here to create your profile for IEC 2023.

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