International Experience Canada: About the process

IEC participants: Requirements for travel to Canada

As an IEC participant, you can only travel to Canada if you have a port of entry letter of introduction and


  • you have proof of a valid job offer and can start your job as soon as you complete your quarantine
    • Make sure you check the start date on your job offer before you travel.

Find out more about travel, testing, quarantine and borders in Canada.


From $156

Processing time – 2021 season ?

8 weeks

Most complete applications for the 2021 IEC season will be processed within this timeframe. Processing starts once you’ve submitted all required documents, including biometrics.

International Experience Canada (IEC) provides youth with the opportunity to travel and work in Canada.

If you’re eligible, you’ll be placed into one or more pools of International Experience Canada (IEC) candidates. You’ll get a message in your account that confirms you are in the pool(s).

Applying for IEC

Canada has implemented a number of temporary measures, including travel restrictions, to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

You can still travel to Canada under IEC if you’re fully vaccinated or have a current, valid job offer. Make sure you carefully look at the application process to ensure you

  • meet the requirements
  • can enter Canada
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