Invitations to Apply – International Experience Canada

If you’re invited to apply, you’ll get a message in your account. The message will list your category and your next steps.

You’ll have 10 days to decide if you’ll accept the invitation. The deadline will be in your invitation. From the day you accept the invitation, you’ll have 20 days to apply online for a work permit.

To accept the invitation:

  1. go to the section called “Continue my profile / application, not yet submitted” in your account,
  2. find the application called “Work permit”, and
  3. click “Start application”.

If you do not respond by the deadline shown in the invitation, the invitation will expire. If it expires, you’ll have to submit a new IEC profile and be accepted to the pool again before you can be considered for future invitations.

Once you accept your invitation, you need to apply for a work permit. You’ll have to show proof of the information you gave us in your International Experience Canada (IEC) profile. You’ll also have to provide more information about your background and the type of work you intend to do in Canada.

Declining an Invitation to Apply

If you decline an invitation, you’ll stay in the IEC pool of candidates (as long as you are still eligible) to be considered in future rounds of invitations.

If you choose to decline an invitation, it will not have a negative effect on future invitations.

To decline the invitation:

  1. go to the section called “Continue my profile / application, not yet submitted” in your account,
  2. find the application called “Work permit”, and
  3. click “Decline application”.

If you do not respond to an invitation, the invitation will expire by the deadline shown in the invitation. If it expires, you’ll have to submit a new IEC profile and be accepted into the pool again before you can be considered for future invitations.

Applicants in multiple pools

If you’re in more than one pool and you receive an Invitation to Apply for one category, you cannot be selected from another pool until:

  • you decline the Invitation to Apply, or
  • you’ve submitted your work permit application and we’ve refused your application.

If you decline the invitation or we refuse your work permit application, your profile will become active again and you may receive another Invitation to Apply.

Documents to support your application for a work permit

If you’re accepted into an IEC pool, you should consider getting your supporting documents ready as some of them may take some time to prepare (for example: police certificate(s)). We’ll regularly issue invitations to apply to candidates in the pool. If you accept an Invitation to Apply, you’ll only have 20 days to complete and submit your application for a work permit and submit all supporting documents. If these documents are ready in advance, it will be easier to apply within the 20 days.

If you’re not invited to apply

You can stay in an IEC pool:

  • until we remove all profiles from the pools at the end of the season, or
  • you’re no longer eligible for IEC.

When we close the pools, you’ll be notified through your account that the pools have closed.

At the end of each season, the pools will be closed for at least two weeks while we prepare for the next season.

If you’re still interested in coming to Canada to travel and work as part of IEC, you’ll need to complete and submit a new profile when the next season opens. Once you start, you’ll have 60 days to complete the profile. If you still meet the minimum entry criteria, you’ll get a new IEC profile number. If you do not submit a new profile within the 60 days, you’ll have to start over.

Other ways to travel or work in Canada

You may be eligible to travel or work in Canada under other immigration programs. Use the Come to Canada tool to learn more about your options.

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