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Rounds of invitations – International Experience Canada

Working Holiday applicants

If you’ve applied for the Working Holiday program, you don’t need to send us a job offer to get an invitation to apply (ITA) anymore. We’ll resume random weekly draws on September 13, 2021.

If you’re in a pool and there are spots left, you’re eligible for an ITA.

We regularly invite eligible candidates from the IEC pools to apply for a work permit. These are called rounds of invitations.

The number of candidates invited to apply during each round varies. Rounds will take place until there are no more spots available or the IEC season closes.

IEC participants: Requirements for travel to Canada

As an IEC participant, you can only travel to Canada if you have a port of entry letter of introduction and


  • you have proof of a valid job offer and can start your job as soon as you complete your quarantine
    • Make sure you check the start date on your job offer before you travel.

Find out more about travel, testing, quarantine and borders in Canada.

Schedule for the 2021 season

The numbers on this page are normally updated on Fridays.

Where are you from?

This pool is open. If you’re eligible, you can submit your profile now.

Dates of rounds of invitations

The quota and dates of the first and final rounds of invitations will be updated, as this information becomes available.

We will provide at least five days notice before the:

  • first round of invitations, and
  • final round of invitations.

Several rounds of invitations may take place between the first and last rounds.

If you are in a pool, you could receive an Invitation to Apply any time after the date of the first round of invitations.

During the final round of invitations, we plan to invite enough candidates to meet the quota for the season. Sometimes, a large number of:

  • candidates decline their Invitations to Apply,
  • candidates let their Invitations to Apply expire, or
  • applicants’ work permit applications are refused.

To meet the quota in these cases, we may issue a very small number of Invitations to Apply after the final round takes place.


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