There are several people throughout the globe interested in being a participant in the International Experience Canada program. Several significant reasons cause people to become interested in being a part of the program. One of the most significant reasons is that IEC programs help young people throughout the globe travel to Canada and get a chance to work here. However, to be a part of the program, people require working holiday work permits. Now, it is essential to know who is eligible to apply for the program. In the following section, a discussion regarding this matter is going to be elaborated.
Who can apply for the International Experience Canada Program?
It is a fact that people are going through a covid_19 situation. This is the reason why several traveling restrictions have been implemented. In such a situation, IEC participants who have a port of entry letter of introduction can travel to Canada. In this regard, it is also important to remember that these people are required to have a valid job offer to get permission to travel to Canada.
Apart from that, people have to remember that in order to get permission to be part of the IEC program, they should belong to such a country or territory that has an agreement with Canada. In this regard, people may consider utilizing recognized organizations (RO). People are required to meet the eligibility criteria for the country or territory of citizenship. In this regard, the importance of meeting the requirements for the pool that people are applying for is of paramount level. Now, the matter is about the time when people can apply for the IEC program.
As several travel-related restrictions have been provided, people are a bit confused about when they can apply for the IEC program 2021. They would be happy to know that they can apply for the 2021 season now. A brief discussion regarding the same is going to be elaborated in the following section.
IEC: Application open for this year
People who belong to the age group 18 – 35 and are interested in coming and working in Canada can consider doing so through the IEC program. The application process has been opened from the season of this year. Candidates living in one of the 34 countries (that are eligible to participate) can apply based on one of the following three categories. These three categories are as follows:
- Working holiday
- Internship (International co-up)
- Young professionals
By using Pools, the programs are arranged. Here, all of the participating countries have an allocation of places based on these three categories. In this regard, it is essential to remember that some countries allow applicants to apply for different pools. However, some countries do not allow participants to apply for more than one pool.
As of March 1, 2021, the application process has been started. Candidates who have received an invitation and accepted it are required to submit a full work permit application within 20 days. However, in this regard, applicants have to remember that several changes have been brought to the system due to the barriers related to Covid – 19. A discussion regarding the eligibility criteria, which people have to meet for being a part of the IEC program in the pandemic phase, has already been elaborated. In the following section, a discussion regarding the categories based on which people can apply for the IEC program will be illustrated.
This category applies only to those who want to fund a vacation while doing temporary works in Canada. In this regard, people are not required to have a job offer. They can be interested in working for more than one employer, and they want to work in more than one place. People who want to earn money just for traveling are the perfect ones to apply for the IEC program based on this particular category.
International co-up (Internship)
This category is intended to help people who like overseas work experience. To be allowed for the IEC program based on the category are required to have a registration at a post-secondary institution. They are required to have a job offer for an internship or work placement in Canada. Some students face the requirement to complete the internship for the accomplishment of their studies. These students are allowed to get permission for the IEC program based on this category. However, in this regard, people have to remember that they have to work for the same employer and in the same location during their stay.
This category is for those people who are interested in gaining Canadian work experience. In this regard, people must have a job offer in Canada, and the offer should contribute to their professional development. In this regard, too, people must work for the same employer in the same location. People who are getting the chance to be a participant of the IEC program based on the category must work as a paid employee. Self-employed people are now allowed to participate in the IEC program based on this category.
In this regard, they are required to work with such employers who meet some criteria. The employers must meet labor laws, and the job offers are required to be classified as National Occupational Classification. In this regard, the acceptance of NOC C jobs is considerable for students who can submit a post-secondary diploma, degree, or certificate and have a work permit application. In this regard, it is essential to remember that the degree certificate should be translated into English or French.
It is expected that people who want to be a part of IEC programs would be able to get their requirements fulfilled here. It is also expected that the opportunities that IEC programs provide them will be effectively utilized so that their future-related aspirations get fulfilled.