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International Experience Canada (IEC) is Now Accepting Applications for the Year 2023

By Casey December 29, 2022 (Updated December 15, 2023) 3 min. read

IEC 2024 Now Open!

IRCC announced the opening of the International Experience Canada (IEC) program to approximately 90,000 young individuals from over 35 countries worldwide. Learn more.

The pools for the 2023 season of International Experience Canada (IEC) were opened for new candidates on December 19th. Candidates who are eligible to participate in IEC 2023 can now create their profile online.

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced at a press conference in Banff that the International Experience Canada (IEC) program will begin on January 9, 2023.

There will be 90,000 spots available, a 20% increase from the previous year, for foreigners between the ages of 18 and 35 from the 36 participating countries.

What is the IEC program?

IEC is divided into three categories:

How Do I Apply for the IEC 2023 Program?

When the 2023 IEC season begins on January 9, you will be able to complete the following tasks:

  1. Submit profile: To be considered for an invitation, you must first submit a profile through your IRCC account. If you previously submitted a profile, you can use the same account, but you must create a new profile.
  2. Get an invitation: To apply for a work permit, you must first be invited. A randomized lottery system is used to distribute invitations each week. The sooner you enter the pool, the more invitation rounds you will be considered for.
  3. Fill out a work permit application: If you are invited, you have 10 days to accept or decline the invitation. If you accept, you will have 20 days to prepare and submit your application.

Once the season begins on January 9, candidates will be able to submit their profiles to the IEC pool. Invitation rounds usually begin in the weeks following the start of the season.

How to Prepare for an IEC Invitation

In the meantime, here are some things you can do to prepare for an invitation:

Do You Need Help Preparing for the 2023 IEC Program?

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