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

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

September 2, 2021

These instructions provide information on the procedure for extending the validity period of the letter of introduction for International Experience Canada (IEC) participants.

Due to the pandemic, an exception has been granted for Working Holiday participants whose initial letters were issued between January 1, 2019, and April 30, 2020. This measure was put in place to help participants who could not secure employment to overcome travel restrictions to come to Canada.

Starting on July 30, 2021, eligible participants may request one final 12-month extension. Participants can take advantage of this measure until December 31, 2021.

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