Gain a year of valuable international work experience in Canada
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“This international experience opened my mind to other opportunities, it helped me to gain the work experience I needed to advance my education. So, in the fall of 2010, I started a graduate certificate in public management and governance at the University of Ottawa.” - Thiago Fernandes, Brazil, International Work Experience in Canada
If you’re a Slovenian citizen and are between the ages of 18 and 35, you can gain valuable professional experience working for a Canadian company with the opportunity to:
- work on teams from diverse cultural backgrounds
- learn new approaches from different perspectives
- experience Canada to its fullest!
Why not travel and work abroad through International Experience Canada?
In this global economy, being a highly skilled professional with diverse international experience will only make you more marketable in an increasingly competitive job market.
Canada has an agreement with Slovenia that enables the Government of Canada to issue work permits to Slovenian citizens who wish to travel and work in Canada for up to one year through International Experience Canada.
Eligibility Criteria for the Young Professionals Category
The Young Professionals category is designed for Slovenian citizens, particularly graduates of post-secondary educational institutions in Slovenia, who wish to further their careers by gaining international work experience under a pre-arranged contract of employment in Canada (maximum 12 months).
To be eligible for the Young Professionals category, you must:
- be between the ages of 18 and 35 inclusive at the time your application is received;
- be a Slovenian citizen holding a Slovenian passport that remains valid throughout the period of stay in Canada;
- be in possession of a ticket to leave Canada at the end of your stay or sufficient financial resources to purchase such a ticket;
- have the equivalent of C$2,500 to help cover your expenses at the beginning of your stay;
- provide a clean Slovenian police certificate;
- not be accompanied by dependant(s) under your IEC application;
- accept to purchase, prior to entering Canada, insurance for medical and health-care, including hospitalization and repatriation, for the entire authorized period of stay – you may have to present evidence of this insurance when you enter Canada;
- pay a participation fee that is equivalent to C$150 in EUR;
- have received a signed letter of offer or contract of employment in Canada related to your field of professional expertise (degree and/or work experience) and that supports your career development (progression or lateral movement); and,
- have not participated in the Young Professionals category before. As a Slovenian citizen, you can only participate in International Experience Canada only twice and each time under a different category.
Admissibility (for work permit)
Every person who enters Canada as a temporary resident (visitor, worker or student) must meet general requirements for temporary entry as set out by Canada's Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations.
At any time during the processing of your application, Citizenship and Immigration Canada may request additional information or documents to determine your admissibility.
Imagine working at a university in Newfoundland, a design firm in Montreal, or a business in Calgary... The possibilities are as endless as the experiences you can add to your resume!
Independent Travel in Canada
Have your year-long Canadian work experience already mapped out?
- Find a job before applying.
- Start the application process.
- Make your own travel and accommodation arrangements, and buy health-care insurance (once you have received your Letter of Introduction).
Please note: International Experience Canada does not help with financing, travel plans or your job search.
Still have questions? Check our FAQ page for answers to commonly asked questions.