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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

Due to current travel restrictions, only fully vaccinated IEC participants can come to Canada right now. Certain agriculture and food processing workers may be exempt.

Learn more about requirements and exemptions.

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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