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International Experience Class Opens Application for 2024

Updated: May 13

The application period for International Experience Class (IEC) Canada in 2024 is now open!


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International Experience Class Opens Application for 2024

The International Experience Class program is a fantastic initiative by Canada allowing young individuals from around the world to work and travel in Canada for up to two years. This program provides an invaluable opportunity to gain international work experience while exploring the scenic landscape and rich culture of Canada.


The Three Categories of the IEC Program


Working Holiday


This category is ideal for those who don't have a job offer yet but are keen to work for more than one employer or in multiple locations across Canada. 


An open work permit under this category allows you to work for almost any Canadian employer, providing flexibility and freedom to earn as you explore the country.


Young Professionals


If you have a job offer in Canada that contributes to your professional development, this category is for you. 


The type of work permit issued under this category is employer-specific, meaning you'll work for the same employer in the same location during your stay. 


The job must fall under the Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities (TEER) category 0, 1, 2, or 3 of the NOC.


International Co-op (Internship) 


Designed for students registered at post-secondary institutions, this category requires a job offer for a work placement or internship in Canada. 


Like the Young Professionals category, the work permit is employer-specific. The internship must be directly linked to your field of study.


Who Can Apply for International Experience Class in 2024?


The International Experience Canada (IEC) program is not just an opportunity but an open door for young individuals around the globe. However, to participate in this golden opportunity, there are certain conditions that you need to meet.


Your country or territory of citizenship must have a Youth Mobility Agreement with Canada. This agreement is the foundation that allows you to work and travel in Canada for up to two years. Since the Youth Mobility Agreement varies for each country, you must check your eligibility to apply.


List of Countries with Youth Mobility Agreements with Canada


Keep in mind that some countries only allow you to participate once, while others permit you to participate twice, but in different categories.

Country

Age

Eligible Work Permits

Andorra

18 to 30 years old

Working Holiday

Australia

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Austria

18 to 30 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Belgium

18 to 30 years old

Working Holiday

Chile

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Costa Rica

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Croatia

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Czech Republic

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Denmark

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday

Estonia

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

France

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Germany

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Greece

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Hong Kong SAR

18 to 30 years old

Working Holiday

Ireland

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Italy

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Japan

18 to 30 years old

Working Holiday

Korea Republic

18 to 30 years old

Working Holiday

Latvia Republic

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Lithuania

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Luxembourg

18 to 30 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Mexico

18 to 29 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Netherlands

18 to 30 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals

New Zealand

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday

Norway

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Poland

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

San Marino

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday

Slovakia

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Slovenia

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Spain

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Sweden

18 to 30 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Switzerland

18 to 35 years old

Young Professionals, International Co-op

Taiwan

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

Ukraine

18 to 35 years old

Working Holiday, Young Professionals, International Co-op

United Kingdom

18 to 30 years old

Working Holiday


But what if your country doesn't have a Youth Mobility Agreement with Canada? 


Well, here's where the role of Recognized organizations comes into play. Recognized Organizations (ROs) are Canadian entities that assist young individuals to gain international work and travel experiences via the International Experience Class (IEC) program. These organizations may operate on a non-profit, for-profit, or educational basis.


If my country has a Youth Mobility Agreement with Canada, can I also seek support from a Recognized Organization (RO)?


Yes, reaching out to a Recognized Organization (RO) can be a beneficial step. These organizations can provide extensive support both before and throughout your journey. 


Their assistance may include: 

  • Job placement.

  • Setting up your Canadian banking needs.

  • Travel and accommodation planning.

  • Arranging international health insurance and vaccinations.

  • Offering language training and fostering intercultural experiences.

  • Providing help with any travel or work-related issues. 


In the event of an emergency, they are also prepared to offer necessary guidance and assistance.


How Long is the Processing Time for the International Experience Class 2024 Season?


For the 2024 season, the processing time is typically around four (4) months. Once you’ve submitted your complete application for the International Experience Canada (IEC) program, the waiting period begins.


Are You Ready to Work and Travel in Canada in 2024?


Don't miss this golden opportunity to broaden your horizons and enhance your career prospects. Let Chitra & Associates pave your path to an enriching Canadian experience through the International Experience Class in 2024.


Partnering with our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) means access to expert advice, meticulous attention to detail, and a team that cares about your aspirations as much as you do. 


If you're ready to explore the immense opportunities Canada has to offer, then don't hesitate. Contact Chitra & Associates today and let's set the wheels of your Canadian adventure in motion in 2024!




A Cautionary Note: The foregoing provides only an overview and does not constitute legal advice. Readers are cautioned against making any decisions based on this material alone. Rather, specific legal advice should be obtained, and the readers are asked to refer to the government website for the most updated information.