International Experience Canada (IEC) Working Holiday participants whose letter of introduction is about to expire and who are not able to travel: COVID-19 program delivery

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

International Experience Canada (IEC) participants whose letter of introduction (LOI) is about to expire and who are not able to travel may be able to extend their LOI.

These instructions apply only to IEC participants in the Working Holiday Program (WHP).

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Eligibility

The Operational Support Centre (OSC) will assess eligibility. Foreign nationals may be eligible to request one final 12-month extension on their LOI if they meet the following eligibility requirements:

Medical exam

The OSC will determine when a new Immigration Medical Exam (IME) is required and initiate the process.

Medical exams only need to be redone if the applicant resides in a designated country. Before reopening a file, send a request letter to the client asking if they will redo their medical. If the client confirms that they will undergo a new medical exam, the file can be reopened to send the request for a new IME. After the new IME is received, an LOI extension can be issued, and the following letter should be sent to the client: “IEC Approval letter for final 12-month LOI extension with medical (from designated country).”

No new medical is required for applicants who:

An LOI extension can be issued and the following letter should be sent to the client: “IEC Approval letter for final 12-month LOI extension (general).”

Decision

Decisions on all LOI extensions will be made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the immigration officer. Should the officer approve the LOI extension request, they should be extending the LOI for 12 months from the date:

The OSC will transfer positive decisions for Temporary resident visa (TRV)-required participants to the International Network (IN) to reissue counterfoil as needed.

Temporary resident visa (TRV) - required participants

Requests received from TRV-required participants will be forwarded to IN for processing as per existing procedures between the Centralized Network (CN) and IN. Until further notice, all Working Holiday category participants must have proof of a valid job offer to enter Canada.

A new LOI will not be issued, but a response will be sent to the applicant using a template letter. A new TRV with the extended validity date may be required. It is important for the applicant to travel with this letter as it could be requested by the Canada Border Services Agency Liaison Officer or by the border services officer upon entry to Canada.

Officers will need to enter a note to file in the Global Case Management System (GCMS) to state that the final extension has been granted for

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