Program delivery update – September 26, 2016

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

New instructions on increasing the validity period of work permits under the International Experience Canada Program


As a rule, no work permit extensions are authorized under the International Experience Canada (IEC) Program. However, there are instances where Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada may allow IEC clients to increase the validity period of their work permit to reach the maximum validity period allowed within a specific category.

Program delivery instructions (PDIs) have been created to provide guidance to officers on when IEC participants may increase the validity period of their work permits beyond what was initially granted to them by a border services officer at a port of entry.

A new index page has also been created to include all IEC-related PDIs in one location.

New instructions

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