International Experience Canada 2016 Opening Dates

October 30, 2015
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International Experience Canada Opening 2015

*LAST UPDATED AS OF September 6th, 2016*

Click here for the updated IEC 2017 Opening dates, invitation dates, quotas and number of invites per country.

iec-2017-summary-table-link

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! We were astounded by the sheer volume of requests and questions we received regarding our articles “How to apply for a Canadian Working Holiday Visa”, “How to apply for a Canadian International Co-Op Visa 2015” and “2015 IEC opening dates for each country”. Our previous post, International Experience Canada 2015 – Opening Dates, was one of our most popular posts we’ve ever done!

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!

Ever since we published our blog post on the International Experience Canada IEC Closing 2015 season, we keep getting dozens of questions either on our blog or via direct messages on our social media asking the same thing:

“When is the International Experience Canada IEC 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.

We will also announce the IEC 2016 opening on our social media channels such as our Facebook and Twitter. So be sure to bookmark this page to check back and follow us on social media! We’re looking forward to meeting you all in Vancouver Canada, whether it be for our Internship Programs, Working Holiday Programs, or even for our Education Programs!

 

IEC SUSCRIBE 2016

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. You can also sign up for free email notifications from Stepwest to let you know when rounds of invites start to go out, when they end, quotas, as well as last calls for applying to IEC 2016 season.

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 website.

“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. You can be notified by email for when invitations will start and stop for each country and visa category, quotas, etc (once they are announced) by subscribing right here. As well, we will make sure to post them in the table below once they are announced.

4. Accept 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 employment to 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.

For more information on the new process or any of the steps listed above, please refer to the official CIC website found here or our new Working Holiday 2016 Application Guidefor those interested in Working Holidays. Also be sure you sign up for our email notifications as well since we will continue to update everybody on any changes or announcements made by International Experience Canada. We will provide updates on start and ends dates for when invitations go out for each country and IEC 2016 category (Working Holiday, International Co-op, and Young Professional) so you don’t forget and miss out on accepting your invitation! Please be sure to keep up with us on social media like our Facebook and Twitter since we will be posting everything IEC 2016 related on there too!

Want a guaranteed job or internship placement in Canada? Already got your Working Holiday Visa or International Co-op Visa but unsure of how or where to look for employment in Canada? Sign up with Stepwest today with our of our Working Holiday or Internship programs and let us take care of the rest! Complete the free application form today with no risk – we guarantee your placement in Canada or your money back!

Apply Now
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 International Experience Canada 2016 – Summary Table

*As of April 28, 2016: The technical issues at IEC have been fixed. Invitations for International Co-op & Young Professionals have restarted. Working Holidays will follow shortly. See the official announcement by International Experience Canada (IEC).

Country

IEC Category

Profile Submission Start Dates

First Round of Invitations

Last Round of Invitations

Quota

Invites Sent

(as of Sept. 06th, 2016)

Visas Remaining 

(as of Sept. 06th,, 2016)

Candidates in the Pool

(as of Sept. 06th, 2016)
Australia

Age Limit

18-30

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

14.477

770

18

Unlimited

Unlimited

Unlimited

1.139

14

1

Austria

Age Limit

18-30

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Dec. 4, 2015

Dec. 4, 2015

Feb. 1, 2016

Feb. 1, 2016

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

40

40

47

13

29

35

2

0

Belgium

Age Limit

18-30

Working Holiday Nov. 30, 2015 Jan. 18, 2015 July 13 2016 750 1,153  0  192
Chile

Age Limit

18-35

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Dec. 2, 2015

Dec. 2, 2015

Dec. 2, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

July 13 2016

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

725

15

10

1,268

82

9

0

8

10

 2,200

2

0

 

Costa Rica

Age Limit

18-35

 

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Dec. 2, 2015

Dec. 2, 2015

Dec. 2, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

July 13 2016

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

80

10

10

180

22

1

0

1

10

72

0

0

Croatia

Age Limit

18-35

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

July 13 2016

July 13 2016

Coming Soon

275

20

5

420

84

2

0

0

5

 

241

5

0

 

Czech Republic

Age Limit

18-35

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Dec. 4, 2015

Dec. 4, 2015

Dec. 4, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

Coming Soon

July 12-15 2016

Coming Soon

 

1,000

120

30

 

1,563

402

3

 

5

0

28

 

1,382

26

0

Denmark

Age Limit

18-35

Working Holiday Nov. 30, 2015 Jan. 18, 2015 July 13 2016 350 485 0 68
Estonia

Age Limit

18-35

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Feb. 1, 2016

Feb. 1, 2016

Feb. 1, 2016

July 13 2016

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

80

40

5

145

66

0

0

8

5

108

2

0

France

Age Limit

18-35

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Dec. 1, 2015

Dec. 1, 2015

Dec. 1, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

July 28, 2016

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

 6,400

2,300

4,800

11.886

2,924

5,747

0

673

995

10,842

41

41

Germany

Age Limit

18-35

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Dec. 5, 2015

Dec. 5, 2015

Dec. 5, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

4,200

400

400

7,733

762

524

319

33

104

164

12

7

Greece

Age Limit

18-35

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Dec. 4, 2015

Dec. 4, 2015

Dec. 4, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

July 28, 2016

July 28, 2016

August 2, 2016

180

10

10

335

70

16

0

0

0

50

11

2

Hong Kong

Age Limit

18-30

Working Holiday Dec. 6, 2015 Dec. 16, 2015 Coming Soon 200 711 9  19
Ireland

Age Limit

18-35

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Dec. 3, 2015

Dec. 3, 2015

Dec. 3, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

7,700

2,500

500

7,210

547

27

3,528

2,426

489

139

15

0

Italy

Age Limit

18-35

Working Holiday Dec. 4, 2015 Dec. 16, 2015 August 2, 2016 1,000 2,485 0 220
Japan

Age Limit

18-30

Working Holiday Dec. 7, 2015 Jan. 18, 2015 Sept 12-15, 2016 6,500 8.496 2  288
Korea, Rep.

Age Limit

18-30

Working Holiday Dec. 7, 2015 Jan. 18, 2015 July 13 2016 4,000 14.119 0  7.132
Latvia

Age Limit

18-35

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Feb. 1, 2016

Feb. 1, 2016

Feb. 1, 2016

July 13 2016

July 13 2016

Coming Soon

40

8

2

92

25

0

0

0

2

93

0

0

Lithuania

Age Limit

18-35

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

 

Feb. 1, 2016

Feb. 1, 2016

Feb. 1, 2016

 

July 13 2016

July 13 2016

Coming Soon

175

5

20

308

27

0

0

0

20

516

0

0

Mexico

Age Limit

18-29

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Netherlands

Age Limit

18-30

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

 

480

120

 

1.027

257

176

32

26

2

New Zealand

Age Limit

18-35

Working Holiday Nov. 30, 2015 Dec. 16, 2015 Coming Soon 2,500 2,993 682  91
Norway

Age Limit

18-35

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

100

25

25

152

19

10

21

15

21

3

2

0

Poland

Age Limit

18-35

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

July 13 2016

July 13 2016

Coming Soon

 

625

75

50

 

959

268

5

0

0

48

444

20

0

Slovakia

Age Limit

18-35

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

July 13 2016

July 13 2016

July 13 2016

315

10

5

493

37

4

0

0

2

585

2

0

Slovenia

Age Limit

18-35

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

July 13 2016

July 13 2016

Coming Soon

85

10

5

147

37

0

0

0

5

47

2

0

Spain

Age Limit

18-35

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Dec. 4, 2015

Dec. 4, 2015

Dec. 4, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

Jan. 18, 2015

August 9, 2016

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

800

120

80

1,645

248

51

0

26

51

595

3

0

Sweden

Age Limit

18-30

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

550

100

50

904

101

39

79

74

32

28

1

1

Switzerland

Age Limit

18-35

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Nov. 30, 2015

Nov. 30, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

175

75

254

81

47

21

 0

1

Taiwan

Age Limit

18-35

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Dec. 6, 2015

Dec. 6, 2015

Dec. 6, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

Dec. 16, 2015

July 13 2016

August 9, 2016

Coming Soon

940

40

20

2,082

119

67

0

13

2

3,480

5

1

Ukraine

Age Limit

18-35

Working Holiday

Young Professionals

International Co-op

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

Coming Soon

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United Kingdom

Age Limit

18-30

Working Holiday Nov. 30, 2015 Dec. 16, 2015 July 29, 2016 5,000 9,261 0  2,525

 

Want a guaranteed job or internship placement in Canada? Already got your Working Holiday Visa or International Co-op Visa but unsure of how or where to look for employment in Canada? Sign up with Stepwest today with our of our Working Holiday or Internship programs and let us take care of the rest! Complete the free application form today with no risk – we guarantee your placement in Canada or your money back!

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