IEC participants outside of CanadaDo International Experience Canada participants fall under the temporary foreign workers exemption?

Yes, the exemption includes International Experience Canada participants.

Effective May 8, 2020, applicants in the Working Holiday, Young Professional or International Co-op categories can come to Canada only if they:

  • have a valid job offer, and
  • a port of entry letter of introduction

This measure will be in effect until further notice. Continue to check this website for updates.

Are foreign youth who travel to Canada through a youth mobility agreement under IEC expected to quarantine for some time after entering Canada?

Yes. Public health authorities require that all travellers quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Canada. This is mandatory. Please see New Order Makes Self-Isolation Mandatory for Individuals Entering Canada.

Will IEC continue to draw from pools during the COVID-19 pandemic?

No, IEC will not be sending out new rounds of invitations at this time. They are on hold until further notice.

Will IEC be processing applications?

IRCC is continuing to accept submissions of profiles into IEC pools. However, due to service interruptions, applications are not being processed at this time.

No applications in process will be closed or refused due to a lack of documentation or inability to complete the application process in time, such as giving biometrics or completing a medical exam.

I have received a biometrics instruction letter asking me to give my biometrics as part of my IEC work permit application and I haven’t been able to give them yet. What should I do?

Please refer to the biometrics information on IRCC’s website available here.

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