How to Create your RO IEC Profile: RO Working Holiday & RO Young Professional
IMPORTANT UPDATE (March 20th, 2020): Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Government of Canada has announced that all-in Canada biometrics appointments are cancelled until further notice.
If you had already booked an appointment within Canada to complete your Biometrics for your International Experience Canada work permit application, you must have already received an email showing a cancellation with the appointment booked. No worries, this is only due to the COVID -19 situation worldwide. Your work permit application will NOT be denied if you can not complete the Biometrics within the regular 30 days, Canada is providing extra time to complete this step.
You will have to book a new appointment at Service Canada when they start collecting biometrics again (this date will be announced). Walk-in biometrics collection is currently NOT available at any Service Canada office.
You now have 90 days (instead of 30) to submit your biometrics for your Working Holiday, Young Professional or International Co-Op work permit application under IEC, for regular participants and for our Recognized Organization participants.
IMPORTANT: If you have an appointment OUTSIDE OF CANADA, at a Visa Application Centre (VAC) or a United States Application Support Center (ASC), check the VAC website or the ASC website and call them before you go.
We have created this blog post for all participants under our Recognized Organization programs, most commonly known as RO programs. If you are currently registered in any of our RO Working Holiday programs or RO Young Professional programs, this blog post is for you!
In order to create your IEC (International Experience Canada) profile at Stepwest RO Pool, you must have a MyCIC Account. Remember, if you want to use your previous MyCiC account from previous applications for Canada, that’s totally fine, but we highly recommend you to have with you:
- User ID
- Security Questions (4 out of 4)
- Recovery Questions (4 out of 4)
This is VERY IMPORTANT! We cannot highlight enough the need to make sure you have this information handy.
Let’s put it this way, a lot of people have their MyCIC account access details by default on their computer, so ask yourself, if your computer breaks down, would you be able to login to your MyCIC account from a different computer? or even recover your MyCIC account password with your the answers to your Security Questions? If the answer is “I am not sure”, then don’t risk it! Create a brand new MyCIC account and make sure you save all the security questions and answers in a safe place. Take extra precautions! The last thing you want is to lose access to your MyCIC account during your work permit application, right?
Submit your IEC Profile to the RO Pool (Stepwest)
The first step, once you have your MyCIC account ready, and you are confident that the account is very secured and you are not missing any important details from it, will be able to start creating your RO IEC profile.
On the main page of your MyCIC account, once you log in, you will need to scroll down and find the image below, make sure you select “International Experience Canada”
We are now going to start the Questionnaire for your RO IEC Profile with Stepwest as Recognized Organization. Make sure you answer the questions, keeping in mind that if you are currently in Canada, you must select “Canada” to question number two of the image below. Even if you are in Canada as a visitor, make sure you answer this question correctly.
THESE ANSWERS CAN NOT BE CHANGED ONCE YOU RECEIVE YOUR ITA – so please pay close attention!
Next question! Here is when the difference between a regular IEC profile and an RO IEC profile comes along. You MUST answer YES, to the question “Do you have a letter proving one of these organizations will help you plan your trip or find work in Canada?”
Right after, the questionnaire will ask you to select the Recognized Organization that will be helping you, so if you secured your spot with us and have already registered for our RO Programs, you MUST select Stepwest to this question.
Answering these questions will place you in the right pool, for you to be able to receive an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for our RO programs. Keep in mind that you have full control over your application and we are not able to check if you did it properly, so make sure to verify you are in the right RO Pool. Please check the images below for reference.
The next question is “What is your country/territory of permanent residence?” Make sure your answer is accurate here.
Example: I’m an Australian passport holder with permanent residency in Australia, currently in Canada as a visitor applying for my RO Working Holiday. This will mean that you must answer:
- Code that matches your passport: AUS (Australia)
- Current country of residence: Canada
- Country of permanent residence: Australia
The next question will be “Do you plan to do a work placement or internship as part of your studies?” For all our RO participants the answer here will be NO. No matter, if you are applying for RO Working Holiday or RO Young Professional, the answer must be NO, as per the image below:
IMPORTANT: If you are applying for RO Working Holiday the answer to the question: “Do you have a signed letter of offer, contract of employment or internship agreement from an employer in Canada?” will be NO. Even if you have a job offer already in Canada, please make sure you answer NO to this question as you are applying for an OPEN WORK PERMIT, otherwise, even though you will receive your Invitation to Apply, you will NOT be able to move forward.
On the other hand, if you are applying for RO Young Professional, you must answer YES to the previous question “Do you have a signed letter of offer, contract of employment or internship agreement from an employer in Canada?”
Once you have this information marked, you can go ahead and click “Next” as shown in the image below:
We are getting there! After answering your questions you should see the exact image below, if you are applying for your RO Working Holiday with us, or you will see the category RO Young Professional instead.
In BOTH cases you always MUST see “with Stepwest” below, otherwise, it means you are going into the wrong pool, so pay close attention to this step! Once you are sure you in the right direction, click on “Continue”.
Questionnaire completed! Time to complete your RO IEC Profile. For this part, make sure you have your passport with you so you can follow that exact information.
For example, if you have more than one name, make sure the information you provide here matches EXACTLY your passport. You will need to complete each section marked and click on “Validate”. You will know the information was saved if the sections show a green Complete sign.
Pay close attention to the last section “Application Details” that will look exactly as the image below, you must make sure that you answer YES to the RO work permit you are applying for with us, and “Validate”.
Now your profile should look like this, everything MUST be green so you can click on “Continue”.
Now you are finally ready to submit your RO IEC Profile! Make sure you click on “I agree”, then include your Name, Last Name, answer the security question that shows up and just click “Sign”
A Congratulations message will show now! You are now in the RO Stepwest Pool! Make sure you return to your ACCOUNT HOME to download to “Welcome to the pool Letter”.
Download your Welcome to the Pool Letter
This letter is mandatory for you to be able to receive an ITA for your RO work permit, your Stepwest coordinator will confirm when you can go into the pool. You do not need to rush it, as spots have been already assigned, so you are not competing with other applicants like we are used to with regular IEC seasons. With an RO your ITA is guaranteed!
To download the letter, make sure you click on “Check full application status” as the image below so you check your messages.
Once you click, the screen will show the status of your application main page. Make sure you scroll down until you see the section “Messages about your IEC Profile” here is where you will locate the “Welcome to the Pool letter”, so just download it, save it and send it over to your coordinator at Stepwest!
The page will look exactly like this! Make sure you check the section “Which categories am I eligible for?” to confirm that’s the work permit category you registered for under our RO program!
We look forward to receiving your “Welcome to the pool letter” after you get contacted by our coordinators to start moving forward with your RO work permit application. If you have any questions during this process and setting up your RO IEC profile, do not hesitate to reach out to us, so we can make sure you are following the steps properly, better safe than sorry!
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