Application process at a glance – International Experience Canada

Watch this video for an overview of the International Experience Canada application process and common mistakes to avoid along the way.

Transcript: IEC Process at a Glance Application Video

Video Length: 5:25 minutes

Upbeat, instrumental background music plays throughout the video.

Text displays: “International Experience Canada Walkthrough Guide”

Text displays: “Before you apply, check your eligibility.”

A young person selects Australia from a drop-down menu and opens a second menu showing the 3 International Experience Canada categories: Working Holiday, Young Professionals, and International Co-op (Internship).

Applying for International Experience Canada?

Before you apply, visit our website to find out if your country is part of the program and, if so, which of the 3 categories are available to you.

Text displays: “Check out the application process at a glance”

A 1-page overview of the applications process is shown.

Check out our application process at a glance for an overview of all the steps to apply.

Text displays: “Create and submit your International Experience Canada (IEC) profile”

An applicant creates an account.

After completing the Come to Canada questionnaire, create and submit your profile and choose the pools that apply to you.

An applicant uploads documents to the program website.

While you wait for an invitation to apply, start preparing your supporting documents. This may take a while, so it’s better to start early.

An image shows a generic example of a police certificate.

Make sure you get the right police certificate. Check our website for specific instructions.

Text displays: “Accept your invitation to apply (ITA)”

An image shows a generic example of an invitation to apply letter. A calendar page displays the number 10 beside a thumbs up and a thumbs down.

If you get an invitation to apply, you will have 10 days to accept or decline. Remember, all of your deadlines will be in UTC time.

The text “UTC time” on the letter is highlighted and expanded. Pages fall off the calendar as it counts down. A cursor hesitates between thumbs up and thumbs down.

Not ready to accept the invitation? You can decline the invitation, go back into the pool and be eligible for another invitation.

But if time runs out on your invitation, your name will be removed from the pool.

Text displays: “Complete your work permit application”

Text displays: “Do not wait until the last day to submit your application”

An image of a 20-day countdown indicates that the invitation was accepted at 7:25 am UTC and the submission is due before 7:25 am UTC on the 20th day.

Text displays: “The difference between your local time and the UTC time could make you miss the deadline.”

You will have 20 days from the time you accept your invitation to submit a complete work permit application.

An applicant selects the “Young Professionals” category. An employer uses the employer portal to pay the $230 CAD fee.

If you are applying for the Young Professional or International Co-op category, your employer needs to pay the $230 CAD employer compliance fee and submit your job offer using the employer portal.

The applicant enters the employer number “A527973” in the right field in the application.

Once the fee is paid, your employer will send you a 7-digit employer number that begins with the letter “A”. Include this number in your application.

Images show an applicant working in child care, elder care, and health care.

Text displays: “A medical exam is required for jobs in:
Health services
Child care

Text displays: “A medical exam is required if:

You have travelled to certain countries within the last 6 months”

An image shows a spinning globe with arrows to indicate travel.

If you want to work in certain fields, such as health services, child care, primary or secondary education, or elder care, or if you have travelled to certain countries within the last 6 months, you will need a medical exam. Check the website to see if you need a medical exam.

Text displays: “Check the website to see if you need a medical exam”

An applicant gets a medical exam.

Text displays: “Upload all supporting documents”

An image shows a series of documents.

Upload all supporting documents. If you cannot get a document in time, you can upload a letter of explanation, or proof that you have requested the document.

Text displays: “Check your application carefully”

An applicant carefully checks their application to make sure it’s complete. The applicant clicks “Modify my Answers”.

Text displays: “Do not wait until the last minute!”

Check your application carefully. Make sure all questions have been answered and all documents have been uploaded. Review your answers by clicking “Modify my Answers”. Do not wait until the last minute to submit your application.

Text displays: “Pay your fees online”

An applicant pays fees on the IRCC site with a credit card.

Pay your fees with a credit card online through your IRCC account.

Text displays: “Provide your biometrics”

An applicant has their fingerprints taken by a machine.

Text displays: “30 days”

If you need to provide biometrics, you will get a biometric instruction letter within 24 hours of submitting your complete application. You have 30 days to give your biometrics at a visa application centre.

A slowly turning globe shows different visa application centre locations.

You may need to travel to another city or country to provide them. Check our website for the closest visa application centre in your area and book an appointment as soon as possible.

Text displays: “Monitor your Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) account while you wait”

An applicant checks their email, including their junk mail folder. An applicant uploads a document, hits the “Next” button, scrolls down to the “Signature” section, and then hits the “Transmit” button. In the table of documents, the word “Provided” is highlighted.

Make sure you check your email and junk mail folders, as you might be asked for more documents. After uploading more documents, make sure you press “Next”, provide an electronic signature, and then press “Transmit”. It should say “Provided” next to the document you’ve uploaded.

An applicant uses the IRCC webform and chooses “International Experience Canada” from the drop-down menu.

If you need more time to get a document, make sure you ask for an extension using the IRCC webform and choose “International Experience Canada” from the drop-down menu.

An animated calendar shows 56 days passing.

Text displays: “Processing starts with submission of biometrics”

It takes 56 days to process your application from the date you submit it. Processing will only start after you have submitted biometrics and will stop if we ask for any additional documents.

Text displays: “Start getting ready to come to Canada”

An applicant looks at the “International Experience Canada: How to apply” webpage.

Text displays:
“Health insurance
$2,500 CAD in bank account
Valid passport”

An animation shows a health insurance certificate, a bank statement with $2,500 CAD, and a passport.

While you are waiting for a decision, check our website to see what other documents you may need, such as comprehensive health-care insurance, the equivalent of $2,500 CAD in your bank account, and a passport that is valid for your entire stay in Canada.

Text displays: “Get your port of entry letter”

An applicant views their port of entry letter online.

Text displays: “Bring this letter”

If you are approved, IRCC will send a port of entry letter to your IRCC account. Bring this letter with you to Canada.

Text displays: “Activate your work permit”

A generic example of a work permit is shown. Under “Conditions”, the date the applicant must leave Canada by is highlighted.

An applicant talks to a border officer at a Canadian port of entry and gets their permit corrected.

A Canadian border services officer will issue your work permit at the port of entry. Review it carefully before leaving. Make sure the length of the work permit matches what you are eligible for. If you have done a medical exam, make sure there are no medical restriction on your work permit under “Conditions”. If there is a mistake, the Canadian border services officer can fix it.

A checklist is shown, and the items are checked off one by one.

Make sure your IEC application and supporting documents are complete and accurate.

Three successful applicants are shown in the foreground with their activities pictured in the background: people in suits talking, people working at computers, and a Canadian landmark.

If you do, you will be well on your way to an exciting work and travel adventure in Canada.

Text displays: “

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada corporate signature is shown along with the copyright message “Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 2020”.

The Canada wordmark is shown on a white background.

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.

Application process (PDF, 1.9 MB)

Text version: International Experience Canada Online Application Process

IEC Eligibility criteria

  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.

Profile Submission and work permit application

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

Applies to Young Professional and Co-op categories only

  1. During that 20-day period, your employer needs to pay the CAD$230 employer compliance fee through the Employer Portal.
  2. Once the fee is paid, your employer should send you an offer of employment number. You need this to apply for your work permit.
  1. Upload all supporting documents, including police and medical exam certificates, if applicable.Footnote *
  2. Pay your IEC fee of CAD$161 with a credit card online through your IRCC account. Other fees may include a CAD$85 biometrics fee and CAD$100 Working Holiday open work permit holder fee.


  1. If a biometric instruction letter is required, it will be sent to you through your IRCC account after you submit your application. After receiving the letter, you will have 30 days to submit your biometrics at a visa application centre (VAC). For more information, visit

IEC work permit assessment

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

Time to pack and go!


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