International experience class work permits
Canada offers a range of work permits through its International Experience Class (IEC) program, aimed at young adults from countries with which Canada has bilateral youth mobility agreements. The IEC program includes three categories of work permits:
1. Working Holiday Work Permit:
- The Working Holiday work permit allows young adults from eligible countries to live and work in Canada for up to two years.
- It's an excellent opportunity for participants to explore Canada, gain work experience, and immerse themselves in Canadian culture.
- Applicants typically need to meet age requirements, have sufficient funds, and pass health and criminal background checks.
- This permit is open to citizens of countries like Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and several others.
2. Young Professionals Work Permit:
- The Young Professionals work permit is designed for individuals who want to gain professional work experience in Canada.
- It allows participants to work for a Canadian employer in a skilled job related to their field of study or profession.
- The duration of this work permit can be up to two years, depending on the agreement between Canada and the applicant's home country.
- Eligibility criteria often include having a job offer in Canada and meeting the specific requirements of the Young Professionals category.
3. International Co-op (Internship) Work Permit:
- The International Co-op (Internship) work permit is for students who need to complete an internship or co-op placement in Canada as part of their studies.
- It allows students to gain practical work experience in their field of study while studying in Canada.
- The duration of this permit is typically linked to the length of the internship or co-op program.
- Eligibility criteria may require proof of enrollment in a Canadian institution and a valid job offer.