Invitations to Apply – International Experience Canada

If you are invited to apply, you will get a message in your MyCIC account. The message will list your category and all of your next steps.

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

To accept the invitation, you will need to:

  1. go to the section called “Continue my profile / application, not yet submitted” in MyCIC
  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 will have to submit a new IEC profile and be accepted to the pool again before you can be considered for future invitations.

You must wait at least two business days before you submit a new profile to the pool.

Once you accept your invitation, you need to apply for a work permit. You will have to show proof of the information you gave us in your International Experience Canada (IEC) profile. You will 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 will 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, you will need to:

  1. go to the section called “Continue my profile / application, not yet submitted” in MyCIC,
  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 will have to submit a new IEC profile and be accepted into the pool again before you can be considered for future invitations.

You must wait at least two business days before you submit a new profile to the pool.

Applicants in multiple pools

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

If you are not invited to apply

You can only stay in the IEC pool for one year from the date you were accepted into it. You can see this date in your account.

Your IEC profile will expire if you are not invited to apply in those 12 months. You will be notified through your account once your profile expires.

If you are still interested in coming to Canada to travel and work as part of IEC, you will need to complete and submit a new profile. Once you start, you will have 60 days to complete the profile. If you still meet the minimum entry criteria, you will get a new IEC profile number. If you do not submit a new profile within the 60 days, you will 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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