International Experience Canada (IEC) is a program that allows young adults an opportunity to temporarily work in Canada, typically 12-24 months. 33 countries have an agreement with Canada for IEC temporary work permits for people 18 – 35 years old.
Irish working holiday permits for young adults to work in Canada opened November 3, 2017. Ireland is one of 33 countries that has a reciprocal agreement to allow young people to live and work in Canada under the IEC program. Irish candidates were given over permits 10,000 in 2017, and in 2018 are allotted 10,700: 7,700 for working holidays.
Ireland is one of the 33 countries that have a reciprocal agreement with Canada to allow young adults to live and work under the International Experience Canada (IEC) program:
- Irish candidates were given over permits 10,000 in 2017, and in 2018 are allotted 10,700: 7,700 for working-holidays
- 2,500 for “young professionals” who must have a job offer related to their qualifications before applying
- 500 in the “international co-op” category for full-time students to take part in internships and work placement programmes
Working holiday and young professional visas are eligible for two years and an international co-op visa is valid for 12 months, but participants can apply for an additional two years on a second IEC visa, and can then stay in Canada for a total of three years.
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