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International Experience Canada: A New Wave of Invitations

In an exciting development, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) held a series of draws for the International Experience Canada (IEC) program over the past week. Between May 13 and May 19, 2024, Canada invited 2,374 young foreigners to apply for an IEC open work permit. This initiative offers a unique opportunity for young people to experience life and work in Canada.

IEC Draw Details: May 13 – May 19, 2024

During this period, a diverse group of candidates from various countries received Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for an open work permit. As of May 19, 33,990 candidates were still in the pool, eagerly waiting for their chance.

Breakdown of ITAs by Country

The recent draw saw ITAs distributed across a wide range of countries:

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Australia 239 ITAs
Austria 5 ITAs
Belgium 29 ITAs
Chile 2 ITAs
Costa Rica 1 ITA
Croatia 2 ITAs
Czech Republic 22 ITAs
Denmark 14 ITAs
Finland 2 ITAs
France 197 ITAs
Germany 89 ITAs
Greece 10 ITAs
Hong Kong 8 ITAs
Iceland 2 ITAs
Ireland 92 ITAs
Italy 64 ITAs
Japan 190 ITAs
Korea 817 ITAs
Latvia 1 ITA
Lithuania 5 ITAs
Luxembourg 1 ITA
New Zealand 67 ITAs
Norway 4 ITAs
Poland 5 ITAs
Portugal 21 ITAs
Slovakia 8 ITAs
Slovenia 2 ITAs
Spain 59 ITAs
Sweden 13 ITAs
Switzerland 6 ITAs
Taiwan 42 ITAs
United Kingdom 355 ITAs

Understanding the IEC Program

The IEC program allows young people from participating countries to work and travel in Canada. It is designed to promote cultural exchange and strengthen international ties. The program is open to individuals aged 18 to 35, depending on the country of origin.

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Streams Under the IEC Program

The IEC program offers three distinct streams:

  • Working Holiday: This stream provides an open work permit, allowing participants to work for any employer in Canada.
  • Young Professionals: This stream is aimed at those with a job offer in Canada, providing a more structured work experience.
  • International Co-op (Internship): This stream is for students who need to complete an internship or work placement as part of their academic curriculum.

The Impact of the Recent Draws

The latest round of invitations is part of Canada’s broader effort to welcome more young people from around the world. By issuing 78,769 ITAs under the IEC program in 2024, Canada demonstrates its commitment to fostering international youth mobility.

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Benefits for Participants

For the young foreigners who receive ITAs, the IEC program offers numerous benefits:

  • Work Experience: Gaining international work experience can enhance career prospects and personal development.
  • Cultural Exchange: Participants can immerse themselves in Canadian culture and build lasting connections.
  • Travel Opportunities: The open work permit allows participants to explore different regions of Canada while working.

The IEC program continues to be a vital part of Canada’s immigration strategy. By welcoming young people from diverse backgrounds, Canada enriches its cultural landscape and strengthens its workforce. The recent draws reflect a dynamic and inclusive approach, opening doors for thousands of young individuals to experience life in Canada.

As more candidates receive their ITAs, the anticipation builds. For those still waiting, the possibility of embarking on a Canadian adventure remains within reach. The IEC program stands as a testament to Canada’s commitment to global youth mobility and cultural exchange.

The recent IEC draws highlight Canada’s dedication to providing young people with unique opportunities. Through work and travel, participants can create lasting memories and contribute to the vibrant Canadian community.

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