With its International Experience Canada (IEC) initially, Canadian government offers youthful foreign nationals an opportunity to work and travel in Canada for a short period of time. The program is available to citizens of only those countries that have a bilateral youth mobility agreement with Canada.
There are three visa categories available under IEC program. Which category an applicant can apply depend on his country of origin.
Working Holiday This category allows qualified foreign youth to work in Canada to earn money for their travel costs. Working holiday is the most well known IEC category. Immigrants can work for almost any Canadian employer, yet only on a temporary basis.
Young Professionals This category is for the individuals who want to prepare themselves for a global career. In Canada, they get the chance to meet and work with individuals from different cultural backgrounds. This encourages them in learning new methodologies of building career, as well as learning new languages.
Global Co-operation InternshipThis classification is specifically for students who need to increase some work experience identified with their field of study through an Internship in Canada.
Additionally through IEC program, Canadian citizens can also take an interest in the above listed activities in the qualified countries.
In general, the age necessity for this visa is 18 to 35 years, in any case, for specific countries it is somewhere in the range of 18 and 30. In addition to that, applicants need to meet following basic requirements:
Have a minimum amount of CAN$ 2,500 to cover the expenses for their initial stay in Canada.
Have a recognized medical insurance that covers their total period of stay in Canada.
Are not accompanied by any dependent family member or relative.
Interested foreign nationals can visit Canada Immigration department’s site www.cic.gc.ca to check whether their country is included under the program and for which IEC category they can apply for.
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