Application process at a glance – International Experience Canada

The International Experience Canada (IEC) application process involves various steps. The graphic “International Experience Canada Online Application Process” is an overview of the steps you need to take to apply for IEC.

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International Experience Canada - online application process described below
Text version: International Experience Canada Online Application Process

The first section of the process is the IEC eligibility criteria section.

  1. Complete the Come to Canada questionnaire, and get your personal reference code.
  2. Create your Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) account. Select “Apply to come to Canada” and use your personal reference code to begin your application.

    Next is the profile submission and work permit application section.

  3. Submit your profile and choose the IEC pools you want to be in.
  4. If you receive an invitation to apply via your account, you’ll have 10 days to start your application.
  5. Once you start your work permit application, you have 20 days to complete and submit it, and pay the appropriate fee.

    Step 6 and Step 7 are inside a box. Below the box is a note that indicates step 6 and step 7 applies to Young Professional and Co-op categories only.

  6. During that 20-day period your employer needs to pay the Can$230 employer compliance fee through the Employer Portal.
  7. Once the fee is paid, your employer should send you an employment number to apply for your work permit.
  8. Upload all supporting documents, including police and medical exam certificates, if applicable. If you do not have the supporting documents, you can upload proof that you have applied to undertake a medical exam and/or that you have sent a police certificate request.”
  9. Pay your participation fee of Can$156 with a credit card online through your IRCC account. Other fees may include an Can$85 biometrics fee and Can$100 Working Holiday open work permit holder fee, if applicable.

    Next is the biometrics section.

  10. If required, you will be sent a biometrics instruction letter via your IRCC account after you submit your application. You will have 30 days upon receipt of the instruction letter to submit your biometrics at a Visa Application Centre. For more information, visit

    The next section is the IEC Work permit assessment section.

  11. The work permit application assessment may take up to 56 days. We may ask you to provide additional documents.
  12. This is your last chance to withdraw from IEC and obtain refunds (participation fee, open work permit holder fee, employer compliance fee).
  13. IRCC will send a Port of Entry Letter to your account. Bring this letter with you to Canada.


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