Background: About IRCCFirstly, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is the Department of Canada responsible for immigration and refugees and Canadian citizenship matters.The Department was established in 1994 with a specific mandate: Work to build a more robust economy and stronger Canada. All by promoting programs and services geared towards helping newcomers integrate and fully live the Canadian way of life. Maximizing their abilities to help build better communities and advancing IRCC’s immigration and humanitarian activities and policies.Together with its partners, IRCC is responsible for screening potential permanent and temporary residents to protect Canadians’ health, safety, and security. The Department also issues and controls Canadian passports and other travel documents that facilitate the travel of Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and protected persons.
A Unique Opportunity to Study and Work in Canada in 2021IRCC created the International Experience Canada program, which offers work permits and visas to foreigners in three main categories:
- Working Holiday.
- Young Professionals.
- International Co-op.
If applicants have the right education, experience, or certifications, they can also work in fields such as:
Who Can Apply International Experience Canada in 2021?The IEC is open to young adults who are citizens of foreign countries with reciprocal agreements with Canada. This year’s countries are listed as follows:
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
- San Marino
- United Kingdom
What Are The Benefits of The IEC Program?There are many advantages to working in Canada. Canada is ranked as the second-best country globally from a field of 60 countries for overall sustainability, cultural influence, entrepreneurship, economic influence, and quality of life. Nearly half of Canada’s millionaires are immigrants or second-generation residents. The country is also a significant contributor to quantum computing, medical research, space science, and technology.Compared to the U.S., Canadian workplaces boast superior healthcare, benefits, paid holidays, and paid leaves. Including maternity and paternity leave. Canadian workplaces are mandated to embrace diversity and be inclusive environments for all employees.Furthermore, an advantage to the IEC program is that participants won’t require a Labour Market Impact Assessment. The International Experience Canada program requires a valid job offer and a Port of Entry Letter of Introduction (Letter of Introduction).
Choosing from 3 Pools of Travel and Work ExperiencesParticipants can choose from up to 1, 2, or 3 pools of travel and work experiences, depending on their country of origin rules.
International Co-op (Internship)
Rules for Participation in the IECIEC participants must have a Letter of Introduction and a valid job offer to travel to Canada. They must also be able to start their job as soon as they complete their quarantine.Also, potential applicants must ensure that:
- Their country or territory of citizenship has an agreement with Canada that allows them to apply for an IEC work permit or
- They may be able to use a recognized organization (RO)
- They must also meet the eligibility requirements for their country or territory of citizenship and the pool they’re applying for.
How to Apply For International Experience Canada in 2021?The IEC works on an Expression of Interest/Invitation to Apply basis. Then, eligible candidates can create an IEC profile but must receive an ITA before they can apply. Participants must apply online for an International Experience Canada work permit. Besides, they need to have a valid credit card and upload documents online.Candidates can apply for International Internship (Co-op), Young Professionals, and Working Holiday. Working Holiday candidates could be in the pool for several weeks or months. In fact, candidates are randomly selected from the pool and invited to apply for a work permit. All candidates in the pool have an equal chance of being invited.
Following is a step-by-step overview of how the IEC application process works:
- Complete the Come to Canada questionnaire
- If eligible, obtain a personal reference code and use it to create an online account
- Complete the remaining steps in the IEC profile builder
- Submit your profile and choose the IEC pools you wish to be in
- If you receive an ITA, accept or decline it within ten days. If you accept, click the “Start Application” button in your account to start the work permit application process.
- At this point, you will have 20 days to pay and submit your work permit application. It includes:
- Asking your employer to pay the $230 Employer Compliance Free through the Employer Portal. For the Young Professional and International Co-op categories, ask your employer to send you the offer of employment number they will get after they have paid their fees.
- Uploading all supporting documents, including any applicable police and medical exam certificates. If you don’t have these supporting documents, you can upload proof that you have applied to undertake a medical exam and that a police certificate request has been sent.
- Paying your CAD 153 participation fee with a credit card through the online payment system in your account. Working Holiday Category applicants need to pay their CAD 100 open work permit holder fee as well.
- Once these fees and documents are submitted, IRCC will begin the temporary work permit application assessment. IRCC may ask you to provide additional documents during this process, typically taking up to eight weeks.
- Successful applications will receive a letter of introduction (LOI) to their account. The official name of the document is the Port of Entry (POE) Introduction Letter. You must show this letter upon arrival at a Port of Entry (such as an international airport) in Canada.