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International Experience Canada (IEC) Requirements by Country

Posted on 13/01/2020

Are you under 35, fashionably dressed, fussy about your cappuccino, and stuck in an office in a city working for some company? Or lost in the maze of data bases in the basement of a molecular biology research centre at a university somewhere in Salzburg?

Be of good cheer! The world awaits you fine young professionals! For example, in Canada you may very well find your own country has signed a bilateral youth agreement with Canada which allows you to work for up to 24 months in Canada under 3 specific programs.

As we previously outlined here, International Experience Canada (IEC) allows younger professionals and/or post-secondary students to work in Canada on a temporary basis in order to expand their contacts and gain valuable experience in international work environments. The participating countries (see the table below) are ones that Canada has signed accords or agreements with that also allow young Canadian professionals and/or post-secondary students to work in those countries. There are 3 programs operating under IEC:

Working Holiday:

Participants apply for an open work permit enabling them to work for any employer in any location across Canada and gain some extra income as they travel in Canada and experience the scintillating scenery in the great northern climes.

Young Professionals:

This program allows participants to apply for employer-specific work permits in order to gain professional experience in their occupational areas.

International Co-op:

Post-secondary students apply for employer-specific work permits in order to gain experience in their area of academic study.

General Requirements

Applicants must meet both general and country-specific requirements in order to be eligible. The general requirements include the following:

  • Medical examination: All IES applicants who are going to be working in a designated occupation (go here for more information) require a medical examination regardless of the length of their temporary work permit. As well, if you were a resident of or travelled in a country for which medical exams are required (go here) for more than 6 months, you must also undergo a medical exam.
  • Police certificates: Even if you have not lived in or are not from a country for which Canada requires a police certificate, you may be asked for one by Canadian immigration authorities, so it’s best to assume you will need to get one from local police authorities to help ensure you are admissible to Canada.
  • Residence requirements: If your country of residence is not your country of citizenship, you must provide a permanent mailing address in your country of citizenship.
  • Discontinuance requirements: Don’t let the odd name confuse you. This just refers to the fact that under bilateral arrangements (Youth Mobility Arrangements) with Canada, some participating countries are not allowed continuous participations in one of the 3 IEC programs. In other words, you have to leave Canada and wait a certain period of time before applying to participate in the same or another of the 3 programs (Working Holiday or WH, Young Professionals or YP, and International Co-op, or IC).
    • Please note, however, that if you are applying for another work permit outside (not involved with) the IEC-linked work permits, then you may apply while your IEC work permit is still valid.

Country-specific requirements

Discontinuance requirements differ depending on the country-specific youth mobility arrangements Canada has signed. As well, there are further differences between different countries, so that in addition to ages allowed and length of programs which you can find here in our previous blog, the following may also be different from one participating country to another:

  • Discontinuance requirements
  • Type of work permit
  • Residence requirements
  • Additional participations allowed for members who participated prior to 2015 or 2013

 

So, to guide you as to what options might be available for you, let’s dive in and detail the differences across each IEC participating country in the following table:

Country & ProgramType of Work PermitDiscontinuance requirementsResidence requirementsAdditional/Total participations
Australia
WHOpenNoneNone1 additional participation for participants prior to 2015

2 total participations

YPEmployer-specificNoneNone
ICEmployer-specificNoneRegistered in school in Australia
Austria
WHOpenNoneNone3 total participations
YPEmployer-specificNoneWorking at Austrian company & will be working at subsidiary, partner, or parent company in Canada
ICEmployer-specific OR agriculture, forestry, or tourismNoneResident of Austria and registered as student in agriculture, forestry, or tourism or have recently graduated from these
Belgium
WHOpenNoneResident of Belgium1 total participation
Chile
WHOpenNoneNone2 total participations repeat category permitted
YPEmployer-specificNoneNone
ICEmployer-specificNoneNone
Costa Rica
WHOpenNoneNone2 total participations repeat category NOT permitted
YPEmployer-specificNoneNone
ICEmployer-specificNoneRegistered at school in Costa Rica
Croatia
WHOpen3 months discontinuanceNone2 total participations repeat category permitted
YPEmployer-specific3 months discontinuanceNone
ICEmployer-specific3 months discontinuanceRegistered at school in Croatia
Czech Republic
WHOpenNoneResident of Czech Republic2 total participations repeat category NOT permitted

Must be paid internship

YPEmployer-specificNoneResident of Czech Republic
ICEmployer-specificNoneResident of Czech Republic & registered at school in Czech Republic
Denmark
WHOpenNoneMust be citizen of Denmark & habitual resident of Denmark1 total participation
Estonia
WHOpenNoneNone2 total participations repeat category NOT permitted
YPEmployer-specificNoneNone
ICEmployer-specificNoneRegistered at school in Estonia
France
WHOpenNoneNone2 total participations & 1 additional participations for those prior to 2015
YPEmployer-specificNoneNone
YP – VIEEmployer-specificNoneNone
ICEmployer-specificNoneNone although enrolment in a training program in France acceptable
Germany
WHOpenNoneNone2 total participations repeat category NOT permitted
YPEmployer-specificNoneNone
ICEmployer-specificNoneNone
Greece
WHOpenNoneNone2 total participations repeat category NOT permitted
YPEmployer-specificNoneNone
ICEmployer-specificNoneNone
Hong Kong
WHOpenNoneResident of HK SAR with valid HK SAR passport or British National (overseas) passport1 total participation
Ireland
WH OpenNoneNone2 total participations 1 of which must be in IC program

Those prior to 2013 have additional participation of up to 24 months

YPEmployer-specificNoneNone
ICEmployer-specificNoneRegistered at school in Ireland
Italy
WHOpenNoneResident of Italy1 total participation
Japan
WHOpenNoneResident of Japan1 total participation
Latvia
WHOpen1-year discontinuanceResident of Latvia2 total participations repeat category NOT permitted
YPEmployer-specific1-year discontinuanceResident of Latvia
ICEmployer-specific1-year discontinuanceResident of Latvia & registered at school in Latvia
Lithuania
WHOpen3-month discontinuanceNone2 total participations repeat category NOT permitted
YPEmployer-specific3-month discontinuanceNone
ICEmployer-specific3-month discontinuanceRegistered at a school in Lithuania
Luxembourg
WHOpenNoneNone1 total participation
YPEmployer-specificNoneNone
ICEmployer-specificNoneNone
Mexico (the Youth Mobility arrangement with Mexico is currently under review)
WHOpen3-years discontinuanceNone2 total participations repeat category is permitted
YPEmployer-specific3-years discontinuanceNone
ICEmployer-specific3-years discontinuanceRegistered at school in Mexico
Netherlands (includes nationals of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, & Sint Maarten)
WHOpenNoneResident of Netherlands2 total participations repeat category NOT permitted
YPEmployer-specificNoneResident of Netherlands
New Zealand
WHOpenNoneNone1 total participation
Norway
WHOpenNoneResident of Norway2 total participations repeat category NOT permitted
YPEmployer-specificNoneResident of Norway
ICEmployer-specificNoneResident of Norway
Poland
WHOpen6-month discontinuanceNone2 total participations repeat category NOT permitted
YPEmployer-specific6-month discontinuanceNone
ICEmployer-specific6-month discontinuanceRegistered at school in Poland
Portugal
WHOpenNoneNone1 total participation
YPEmployer-specificNoneNone
ICEmployer-specificNoneNone
San Marino
WHOpenNoneNone2 total participations
Slovakia
WHOpen3-month discontinuanceResident of Slovakia2 total participations repeat category NOT permitted
YPEmployer-specific3-month discontinuanceResident of Slovakia
ICEmployer-specific3-month discontinuanceResident of Slovakia & registered at school in Slovakia
Slovenia
WHOpenNoneNone2 total participations repeat category NOT permitted
YPEmployer-specificNoneNone
ICEmployer-specificNoneRegistered at school in Slovenia
South Korea
WHOpenNoneResident of South Korea1 total participation
Spain
WHOpen3-month discontinuanceResident of Spain2 total participations repeat category NOT permitted
YPEmployer-specific3-month discontinuanceResident of Spain
ICEmployer-specific3-month discontinuanceResident of Spain & registered at school in Spain
Sweden
WHOpenNoneResident of Sweden2 total participations repeat category NOT permitted
YPEmployer-specificNoneResident of Sweden
ICEmployer-specificNoneResident of Sweden & registered at school in Sweden
Switzerland
YPEmployer-specificNoneNone2 total participations – repeat participations if within 18-month limit
ICEmployer-specificNoneRegistered at school in Switzerland
Taiwan
WHOpenNoneNone1 total participation
YPEmployer-specificNoneNone
ICEmployer-specificNoneRegistered at school in Taiwan
Ukraine (Youth Mobility arrangement with Ukraine is currently under review)
WHOpenNoneNone2 total participations repeat category permitted
YPEmployer-specificNoneNone
ICEmployer-specificNoneRegistered at school in Ukraine
UK
WHOpenNoneNone1 total participation those who participated prior to 2015 may be eligible for 24 months extra participation

 

Use the above chart along with the chart in our previous blog to get an overview of how International Experience Canada (IEC) works with regards to your country. If your country is not on this chart you may still be able to participate. Go here to our previous blog for more information or contact us directly!

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