Refer to the table below to see invitation dates, quotas, number of invites sent so far per country for IEC 2016, and more.
First off, the team at Stepwest would like to thank everybody for their support and questions for us during the International Experience Canada IEC 2015 season!
A quick re-cap of the IEC 2015 season: The dates for the IEC 2015 season started to open in the month of February for some countries and opened in late May for other countries. Croatia was the first country to open for any category in February, who was then followed closely by countries such as France, Australia, Germany, Ireland, South Korea, Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK, and more. The last couple of countries to open for the 2015 season were Austria, Estonia, Greece, Hong Kong, and more. We think that it MAY look like this again for the IEC 2016 season, but of course, it’s important to remember that it’s ultimately dependent on the International Experience Canada.
All the countries opened for at least one category (working holiday, young professional, international co-op) except for Mexico and Ukraine. We are crossing our fingers and really hoping that the IEC will open for those in Mexico and Ukraine in the upcoming 2016 season because we have gotten so many requests and questions from our international friends from these countries!
When is International Experience Canada opening in 2016 for my country?
Our answer? As of right now, there is no official news released on the actual opening dates or times for each country. This is entirely up to the IEC to decide and their decision will be released on their website. There may be some rumours or speculation that you’ve seen on other blogs or working holiday forums but please keep in mind that NO OFFICIAL DATES HAVE BEEN RELEASED. At this point, this is what you want to offer you:
Exactly like last year, our team is going to keep a close watch on the International Experience Canada for any news of openings for 2016. As soon as a category for any country is officially announced, we will update everybody by posting it on this exact page so we are all aware of the most updated International Experience Canada 2016 Opening Dates.
The team at Stepwest was recently notified that the application process for International Experience Canada 2016 will be different from last year. Last year, candidates were able to apply and get their spot based on whoever came first. This meant that if you got your application in early enough and there were still spots, you would be guaranteed your place. This old process, which involved submitting an online profile to Kompass, is now replaced with the new invitation process.
The IEC has officially announced that it will be a completely different process for the IEC 2016 season. Instead of the first-come-first-served method, candidates now have to submit a profile to be approved and then are placed into “pool(s)”. They then WAIT for an invitation from the CIC in order to move forward and apply for their work permit. The invitations are sent out on a regular basis through the season, during “rounds”, and for as long as spots are still available for a country and category. This change affects ALL candidates for Working Holiday, International Co-op, and Young Professional visas.
“The dates of the first rounds of invitations for each country and category, along with the quota, will be added when they become available.
CIC will provide a minimum of five days’ notice before each country’s and category’s final rounds of invitations, prior to the closing of a pool at the end of a season.”
– CIC website
An Overview of the New Application Process
1. Determine If You Are Eligible
Refer to the table below to see if your country and desired category is already accepting applications for IEC 2016. First you must determine your eligibility by using the online tool, Come to Canada, to see if you meet the criteria in order to participate in International Experience Canada 2016. When you get to the end of the questionnaire, a “personal reference code” will show on screen and you will need to write this down and use it to create your profile in the next step.
2. Submit Your Profile
If you are eligible, you will need to create a MyCIC Account or log into your previous MyCIC Account to do this. Once you have created your MyCIC Account, you will need to go to the “What would you like to do today?” section and click on “Apply for Visitor Visa, Study, and/or Work Permit” and complete it in order to submit your IEC online profile.
3. You Will Be Placed Into A Pool And Wait For Invitations
Once you have created your IEC 2016 profile and you are eligible, you will be then placed into a pool. The pools consist of other applicants of your home country that are also interested in the same visa category as you (Working Holiday, International Co-op, Young Professional). Invitations to apply (ITA) will be issued by the CIC regularly in rounds to candidates in the pools.
4. Accept Your Invitation and Apply for a Work Permit Online
If you are invited to apply, you will get a message in your MyCIC account. The message will list your category and all of your next steps. You will have 10 days to decide if you will accept the invitation, otherwise it will EXPIRE, so be sure you sign up for our notifications so you don’t miss it. From the day you accept the invitation, you will have 20 days to apply online for a work permit. Make sure you have all the documents requested by the CIC ready ahead of time. Please note that all IEC participants need to pay a $150 CAD fee and Working Holiday participants need to pay an additional $100 CAD on top of that. Other applicants only need to pay the $150 CAD fee, but need to ensure that their employer pay a $230 CAD compliance fee and submit an offer of employmentto CIC. Your employer must complete this step before you submit your work permit application. To accept the invitation, you will need to:
Go to the section called “Applications” in MyCIC. Find the application called “Work permit” and click “Start application.”
5. Wait For Processing And Receive Your Port Of Entry (POE)
Once an application is received by the CIC, it will be processed in 8 weeks. If your application is rejected, you will receive a letter of explanation. If your application is accepted, you will then receive a Port of Entry (POE) Letter of Introduction. After you submit your work permit application with all your final documents, your application will be processed on a “first-in, first-out” basis.
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