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My IEC work permit application was approved, but I don’t want to work yet. Can I enter Canada as a visitor for now?

IEC participants: Requirements for travel to Canada

Only IEC participants with a Port of Entry Letter of Introduction and a valid job offer are eligible to travel to Canada right now. You must also be able to start your job as soon as you complete your quarantine. Check the start date on your job offer before you travel.

To learn more about restrictions for travel to Canada and additional testing and quarantine requirements use the Flying to Canada requirements checklist.

Yes, as long as you satisfy the border services officer that you are entering as a visitor and will not be working.

When you are ready to work in Canada, you will need to go to a Port of Entry (exit and re-enter Canada). When you re-enter, you must present your Port of Entry (POE) Letter to get your work permit. Make sure your POE Letter is not expired.

If you received an eTA with your work permit, you do not need to apply for a second eTA.

See also Can I come to Canada before I receive my POE Letter?


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