The application process to participate in the International Experience Canada (IEC) initiative involves two stages:
In this section, we will explain to you the:
There are two stages of assessment of your application: the IEC assessment for program eligibility, using IEC Kompass; and the immigration assessment, using MyCIC. Please review our Service Standards.
Once you have submitted an application by using IEC Kompass, received your World Tracking Number (WTN) and paid your participation fee, IEC will start assessing your application against the program eligibility criteria. IEC will assess applications in the order they are received.
If the assessment is positive, IEC will send a conditional acceptance letter to your IEC Kompass account. This letter will include instructions on how to proceed with stage two of the application process. If the assessment is negative, IEC will send a letter to your IEC Kompass account, explaining the reasons and refund procedures.
To check your application status, <log in> to your IEC Kompass account and look at <My Application Status>.
You will need to have obtained an IEC conditional acceptance letter before you can proceed with stage two of the application process, which is assessment of your admissibility to Canada and eligibility for a work permit. Stage two of the application process will be conducted by using MyCIC.
Stage two of the application process is an immigration assessment. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will assess your admissibility to Canada and eligibility for a work permit as per Canadian immigration legislation. If the assessment is positive, CIC will send you an IMM 5665 <Letter of Introduction> through your MyCIC account, not to your IEC Kompass account.
However, IEC will send you a <Welcome Letter> to your IEC Kompass account after you have received the IMM 5665 Letter of Introduction from Citizenship and Immigration Canada. If the assessment is negative, IEC will send a letter to your IEC Kompass account, explaining refund procedure.
To communicate with IEC, use the My Messages function in your IEC online account.
International Experience Canada is unable to respond to questions about immigration, visas or assessments using MyCIC. To communicate with the immigration service, refer all questions to Question@cic.gc.ca, or visit their website at www.cic.gc.ca.
We strongly recommend that you wait until you receive your Letter of Introduction from Citizenship and Immigration Canada before you pay for any travel to Canada, buy health-care insurance for your stay in Canada, or make commitments to your prospective employer in Canada.
The Letter of Introduction is not your work permit. Rather, it will identify you at the port of entry to Canada as being eligible to receive a work permit under International Experience Canada. As such, you must be sure to present the Letter of Introduction to a border service officer at the port of entry. Your Letter of Introduction must have a Permit validity. This is the final date upon which you can present the letter at a Canadian port of entry and receive a work permit.
The expiry date of the Letter of Introduction will be clearly shown, and you must present the letter at a port of entry on or before its expiry. The expiry date cannot be altered, extended or changed under any circumstances. You cannot transfer your Letter of Introduction to any other person or name.
You must present your Letter of Introduction and passport to a Border Service Officer at the port of entry upon your arrival in Canada.
If the officer is satisfied that your entry is consistent with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations, you will receive a work permit.
Check your work permit carefully before leaving the Border Service Officer. Make sure you understand all the information on it. Check the date of expiry on the work permit. If you think there is a mistake, tell the officer who issued it immediately. It is your responsibility to check your work permit thoroughly at the time it is printed.
Your work permit will be provided at the port of entry. It will show:
To work in Canada you will need to meet any Canadian federal or provincial registration or licensing requirements that are relevant to your occupation. Thus, if you are offered work in construction, in a medical field, as a mechanic or engineer, or in any other skilled area, you should find out whether you need to meet any provincial licensing or regulatory requirements. For further information, please visit Working in Canada.
The work permit obtained through International Experience Canada is not valid beyond the expiry date printed on it. It is your responsibility to check your work permit thoroughly at the time it is issued.
If you wish to stay in Canada as a tourist once your work permit expires, you should visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website or call (in Canada) 1-888-242-2100 to check the requirements for changing your status from a worker to a visitor. You should make your inquiries while your work permit is still valid.