International Experience Canada 2019 is now open to the eligible applicants

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The International Experience Canada 2019 application cycle is now open to many countries and new organizations have been added to the list of recognized service providers supporting Canadian youth and youth overseas with mobility opportunities.

This program offers foreign nationals between the ages of 18 and 35 from 34 different countries the opportunity to work in Canada through a bilateral Youth Mobility Arrangement.
Through the IEC, eligible candidates may come to Canada through a Working Holiday, Young Professionals or International Co-op Internship work permit. The IEC program issues Invitations to Apply for one of the three work permit categories using an Expression of Interest model, which begins with interested individuals completing a profile and entering the pool of candidates for the permit category.
The type of pool that a candidate is entered into depends largely on the country of citizenship and the work permit categories available for that specific country. For example, Australian citizens may apply for the IEC under either the Working Holiday, Young Professionals or international Co-op Internship pool while a citizen of Japan can only apply to the IEC program through the Working Holiday pool.
The Government of Canada also announced December 4 that the IEC program has added 10 new organizations to its list of recognized service providers and updated the way recognized organizations offer support to Canadian and foreign participants.
IEC recognized organizations:
• provide support services to Canadian and foreign youth for IEC work and travel experiences, including the following: assisting with finding employment, arranging transportation, securing accommodations, and helping with other logistical support;
• promote IEC to Canadian youth; and
• support greater Canadian youth participation abroad. Countries with bilateral Youth Mobility Arrangement with Canada
The validity/length of each visa type is specified in the three central columns and will depend on the nationality of the applicant and the visa type that he or she has applied for.




Country

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Age Limit

Australia

Up to 24 months

Up to 24 months

Up to 12 months  (unless it is the applicant’s second participation since 2015, in which case, 12 months)

18-35

Austria

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

Up to 6 months (nternship or work placement must be in forestry, agriculture, or tourism)

18-35

Belgium

Up to 12 months

N/A

N/A

18-30

Chile

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

18-35

Costa Rica

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

18-35

Croatia

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

18-35

Czech Republic

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

18-35

Denmark

Up to 12 months

N/A

N/A

18-35

Estonia

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

18-35

France*

Up to 24 months

Up to 24 months

Up to 12 months

18-35

Germany

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

18-35

Greece

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

18-35

Hong Kong

Up to 12 months

N/A

N/A

18-30

Ireland

Up to 24 months

Up to 24 months

Up to 12 months

18-35

Italy

Upt to 6 month work permit – may apply to stay an additional 6 months as a visitor

N/A

N/A

18-35

Japan

Up to 12 months

N/A

N/A

18-30

South Korea

Up to 12 months

N/A

N/A

18-30

Latvia

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

18-35

Lithuania

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

18-35

Netherlands

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

N/A

18-30

New Zealand

Up to 23 months

N/A

N/A

18-35

Norway

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

18-35

Poland

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

18-35

Portugal (starting in 2019 EIC season)

Up to 24 months

Up to 24 months

Up to 24 months

18-35

San Marino

Up to 12 months

N/A

N/A

18-35

Slovakia

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

18-35

Slovenia

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

18-35

Spain

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

18-35

Sweden

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

18-30

Switzerland

N/A

Up to 18 months

Up to 12 months

18-35

Taiwan

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

Up to 12 months

18-35

United Kingdom

Up to 24 months

N/A

N/A

18-30