International Experience Canada: Create a profile

IEC participants: Requirements for travel to Canada

Only IEC participants with a port of entry letter of introduction and a valid job offer are eligible to travel to Canada right now. You must also be able to start your job as soon as you complete your quarantine. Check the start date on your job offer before you travel.

To learn more about restrictions for travel to Canada and additional testing and quarantine requirements use the Flying to Canada requirements checklist.

Become a candidate

If you want to travel and work temporarily in Canada as part of International Experience Canada (IEC), your first step is to become a candidate in one or more IEC pools.

You should become a candidate as soon as possible, if you want to start working in Canada in the next 12 months.

How to become a candidate

This is a process where you:

  • find out if you’re eligible by answering some questions, and if so,
  • create a free online IEC profile.

The answers you give us will be used to determine if you’re eligible for a pool in one or more IEC categories:

  • International Co-op (Internship)
  • Working Holiday
  • Young Professionals

There is one pool of eligible candidates per country and per category.

You can submit your profile to one or more of these pools. Candidates in the pools need to receive an invitation to apply for a work permit.

Tip: You may want to open this page in a different browser, tab or window while you complete your profile. You can then refer back to this information as needed.

Step 1: Answer a few questions

Use our questionnaire to see if you meet the criteria to get into the IEC pools. It will take you about 10 minutes. It will ask you about your:

  • country of citizenship
  • country of permanent residence (where you live permanently)
  • country of residence (where you live now)
  • student status (if this applies to you)
  • job offer (if this applies to you)

Note: Your country of permanent residence is the country where you have a permanent address. For example, if you’re a Mexican student in Canada, your country of permanent residence is Mexico.

To answer the questionnaire, you have two options:

If you’re not sure if you’re eligible or you don’t already have an account, find out if you’re eligible without signing in.

Step 2: Complete your online IEC profile

If you get a positive result, you can complete and submit your IEC profile online.

If you checked your eligibility without signing in, follow these steps:

  1. Copy or write down the personal reference code we give you at the end of the questionnaire (It looks like this: JM1234567890).
  2. Create your account.
  3. Enter your personal reference code when asked.

If you signed in to your account to check your eligibility, click “Continue.” You won’t get a personal reference code. You don’t need one.

We’ll use your answers from the questionnaire to start your profile. To complete your profile, you’ll need your passport. You’ll also need to tell us about your:

  • identity (full names, date of birth, place of birth etc.)
  • contact information

Filling in the online forms

  • Leave out any commas that separate your first or last names (if you have more than one first or last name). For example, use “Julie Louise Marie” if your first name is “Julie, Louise, Marie”.
  • Use English and French letters only.
  • If your passport uses other special letters or characters, use the letter without the accent. For example, use “z” instead of “ź.”
Lower case letters you can use
  • a-z
  • é
  • à
  • è
  • ù
  • â
  • ê
  • î
  • ô
  • û
  • ë
  • ï
  • ö
  • ü
  • æ
  • ç
  • œ
Upper case letters you can use
  • A-Z
  • É
  • À
  • È
  • Ù
  • Â
  • Ê
  • Î
  • Ô
  • Û
  • Ë
  • Ï
  • Ö
  • Ü
  • Æ
  • Ç
  • Œ

If you want to complete your profile later

You may exit the profile at any time. Your information will be saved.

If you do not complete the IEC profile in 60 days, you won’t be able to submit it and will have to start again.

Step 3: Submit your profile

When you complete your profile, we’ll tell you which pools are available to you. You can submit your profile to any of these available pools.

Before you submit your profile, make you sure you understand which category is right for you.

Important: Submitting an IEC profile does not mean you have applied for a work permit. You need an invitation to apply to start a work permit application.

If you’re invited to apply, you’ll use your account to:

  • submit your work permit application
  • pay your fees
  • check the status of your application

This is the only way to apply for an IEC work permit.

Step 4: Working Holiday candidates: Tell us about your job offer

Due to current travel restrictions, you can only travel to Canada for non-discretionary purposes.

Working Holiday candidates have to provide proof of a valid job offer to

  • receive an invitation to apply for the 2021 season
  • minimize the risk of being turned away by a border services officer when arriving in Canada

When you get a valid job offer

As soon as you have a valid job offer, please contact us.

  • There is no deadline to complete this step.
  • Don’t send more than 1 email.
    • It won’t get you an invitation to apply (ITA) faster and will cause delays.
  • We won’t accept job offers for non-paid internships or volunteer work.

What to do if you’re a Working Holiday candidate and have a valid job offer

  1. Contact us directly by email at IRCC.IECWorkingHoliday-VacancetravailEIC.IRCC@cic.gc.ca.
  2. In the email subject line, write “Working Holiday candidate with a job offer.”
  3. In the body of the email, copy the text below and complete it with your personal information:

    I have a job offer in Canada and wish to receive an invitation to apply. My International Experience Canada application profile number is *[WXXXXXXXXX].

    My information is:

    • Full name: [as it appears on your passport—family name followed by given name(s)]
    • Date of birth: [YYYY-MM-DD]
    • Country of residence:
    • Date you created your IEC profile:
    • Employment information: Employer [name], located at [address], may be contacted at [telephone number or email].

    *Note: An IEC application profile number starts with a “W” followed by 9 digits and can be found on the letter you received from us when you submitted your profile into a pool.

  4. Attach a copy of the job offer to your email message before sending your email to us. Your job offer needs to include the following information:
    • Business’s legal name and business’ operating name
    • Job title
    • Physical job location including city and province or territory
    • Main duties of the job
    • Expected start date of employment
    • Expected duration of employment
    • Employer’s primary contact information
    • Wage and hours of work (your job offer must meet the minimum wage requirements of the province or territory where you plan to work).

We’ll review your job offer to make sure it meets the requirements before issuing an ITA. Having a job offer doesn’t guarantee you’ll get an ITA.

You won’t be contacted if you don’t receive an ITA.

If you get an ITA

If you do receive an ITA and your work permit application is approved, you’ll receive a port of entry letter of introduction in your account. This letter doesn’t guarantee that you’ll

  • be allowed to enter Canada, or
  • get a work permit when you arrive

A border services officer may review the details of your job offer. The officer will determine whether your travel may be considered non-discretionary and make a final decision on your entry.

Don’t contact us if you’re applying under IEC’s Young Professionals or International Co-op (Internship) categories.

If you’re a recognized organization candidate

Follow the instructions provided to you by your recognized organization. You don’t need to send us the email listed above.

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