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32 IEC invitations issued in the week of June 14

This week was a strange one in IEC. We saw just 32 invitations (yep, we double checked those figures) issued this week.

Our data shows that there have been more than 85,000 IEC invitations issued to date. So, we are likely to see small rounds in the future (though there’s still potential for rounds larger than 32).

We also saw a further 2,399 candidates join the pool, including almost 500 new candidates for the French working holiday program.

These are the countries with more than 2,000 candidates in the pool:

  • France’s working holiday program has 18,509 candidates in the pool and 27 spots left. For those sitting in the pool, it might be worth looking into how French can help you immigrate to Canada via Express Entry. 
  • Chile’s working holiday program has 9,123 candidates in the pool and zero spots left. 
  • Taiwan’s working holiday program has 2,542 candidates in the pool. 
  • Costa Rica’s working holiday program has 2,305 candidates in the pool and no spots left.

If you are targeting one of these programs, consider reading our article about alternatives to the working holiday program.

Odds for receiving an invitation remain Excellent for the vast majority of countries and programs. However, the chances did drop to Very Good for Spain’s Working Holiday and Hong Kong’s Working Holiday programs.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has not yet announced the final round for IEC 2024.

Largest allocations this week

In the week of June 14, France’s VIE program saw the most invitations with 8 being sent out.

If you are one of the lucky ones to receive an invitation to one of the IEC programs this week, make sure you read our guides to get familiar with your next steps:

Updated Quotas for High Demand Programs

To adjust for the extremely high demand for the working holiday program, IRCC has also increased the quota for the Working Holiday program for Austria, Belgium, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Spain, and South Korea.

The quota for Greece was also adjusted, with space in the Working Holiday and International Co-Op programs reducing to make way for more invitations in the Young Professional category.

Temporary Resident Levels: Changes for IEC

If you’re concerned about the impact of the temporary resident target on the IEC program, we have published an article about how the changes may impact the IEC program.

We cover the following questions:

  • I am waiting in the IEC pool, will this announcement reduce my changes of being invited in the coming rounds?
  • I am currently in Canada for a working holiday but I need to renew my work permit with an LMIA. Will this be possible?
  • Will they reduce the age limit for IEC participation?
  • Will more PR options become available for IEC workers?

More About This IEC Season

The IEC 2024 season officially opened on December 11, 2023. International youth from eligible countries have been able to submit profiles to the IEC pool since then. Back in December, the Canadian government announced that the first round of invitations would begin the week of January 8, 2024. Read the full story here.

Quotas & invitations for the 2024 IEC season

Updates for 2024 IEC season

PoolQuotaInvitations since last weekSpots availableSpots filled last roundEligible candidates in poolCandidate changeChances of invite in next round
Andorra – WH25015011Excellent
Australia – WHUnlimited00n/a329190Excellent
Australia – YPUnlimited00n/a52Excellent
Australia – ICUnlimited00n/a00Excellent
Austria - WH1680151146Excellent
Austria - YP1005-100Excellent
Austria - IC202000Excellent
Belgium - WH750010-88128Very Low
Chile - WH7250019,12387Very Low
Chile - YP2001-12128Very Low
Chile - IC504011Excellent
Costa Rica - WH800002,30528Very Low
Costa Rica - YP180001462Very Low
Costa Rica - IC200000Very Low
Croatia - WH2750241055Excellent
Croatia - YP20017000Excellent
Croatia - IC505000Excellent
Czech Republic - WH1,000060802415Excellent
Czech Republic - YP145114161Excellent
Czech Republic - IC504000Excellent
Denmark – WH35001361169Excellent
Estonia - WH110059-142Excellent
Estonia - YP1004111Excellent
Estonia - IC505000Excellent
Finland - WHUnlimited00n/a65Excellent
Finland - YPUnlimited00n/a00Excellent
Finland - ICUnlimited00n/a00Excellent
France - WH7,000027-1118,509449Very Low
France - YP2,20001,041111774Excellent
France - VIE1,00087647888Excellent
France - IC3,80011,75906445Excellent
Germany – WH4,49022,170-3174117Excellent
Germany – YP3500148-22013Excellent
Germany – IC1600104097Excellent
Greece - WH1600150106Excellent
Greece - YP3805074Excellent
Greece - IC202000Excellent
Hong Kong - WH200011-2147Very Good
Iceland - WH1200109010Excellent
Ireland – WH10,50017,944-311175Excellent
Ireland – YP1500125-353Excellent
Ireland – IC50034000Excellent
Italy - WH1,750059218847Excellent
Japan - WH6,50011,58229233156Excellent
Latvia - WH4502-1160Very Low
Latvia - YP300000Excellent
Latvia - IC202000Excellent
Lithuania - WH1880250109Excellent
Lithuania - YP1005000Excellent
Lithuania - IC202000Excellent
Luxembourg - WH80062000Excellent
Luxembourg - YP10010000Excellent
Luxembourg - IC10010000Excellent
Netherlands - WH50004-31846Very Low
Netherlands - YP100000214Very Low
New Zealand – WH2,50011,263010366Excellent
Norway - WH135073-163Excellent
Norway - YP15010000Excellent
Norway - IC504000Excellent
Poland - WH6350324-31815Excellent
Poland - YP110282122Excellent
Poland - IC505000Excellent
Portugal - WH1,75001,28133720Excellent
Portugal - YP2000190100Excellent
Portugal - IC50050000Excellent
San Marino - WH25024000Excellent
Slovakia - WH3150940117Excellent
Slovakia - YP3000222Excellent
Slovakia - IC505000Excellent
Slovenia - WH80055052Excellent
Slovenia - YP15011011Excellent
Slovenia - IC505000Excellent
South Korea - WH10,000476-9924266Very Low
South Korea - YP1,50002924962416Excellent
South Korea - IC5000199-11616Excellent
Spain – WH875161-98958Very Good
Spain – YP7009-799Excellent
Spain — IECX Vives50049000Excellent
Spain – IC1502000Excellent
Sweden - WH5800403-21612Excellent
Sweden - YP100080011Excellent
Sweden - IC20020011Excellent
Switzerland - YP200064-487Excellent
Switzerland - IC50026022Excellent
Taiwan - WH94009-12,54264Very Low
Taiwan - YP50000265Very Low
Taiwan - IC10003011Excellent
UK – WH9,00001,349-15578381Excellent
UK - YP900768133121Excellent
UK - IC100391-100Excellent

 

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How to move to Canada through IEC: VIDEO

Rachel walks us through how to come to Canada through IEC in 2024.

IEC 2024 fees announced

Canada has announced that the IEC fees for all participants in the IEC 2024 season is $172 CAD.

The fees you pay for IEC differ depending on which program you are using to come to Canada. Working Holiday candidates must pay a $100 CAD fee. Young Professionals and International Co-op candidates do not have to pay additional fees, but their employers must pay a $230 CAD employer compliance fee.

Those who need to give biometrics will also need to pay the $85 CAD biometric fee when you pay the IEC fee.

The IEC fee, open work permit holder fee, and employer compliance fees are refundable if you withdraw your work permit application before you receive your Port of Entry (POE) letter of introduction, or your employer withdraws their offer of employment before your work permit is issued. You will also receive a refund if your work permit application is refused.

Read more: How much does it cost to move to Canada through IEC?

In order to come to Canada on an IEC work permit, such as the Working Holiday Visa, you need to get health insurance for the duration of your stay.

Every year, we hear stories of people who make major errors when it comes to insurance for their IEC adventure in Canada, leading to shorter-than-expect work permit durations and unnecessary medical bills. That’s why we released a video on all things health insurance. Check it out!

The 2024 IEC season

The 2024 International Experience Canada (IEC) season opened on January 8, 2024.

Since Dec. 11, 2023, eligible candidates are able to complete these steps:

  1. Submit a profile: Submit a profile through your  in order to be considered for an invitation. If you submitted a profile in previous years, you can use the same account, but you have to create a new profile.
  2. Receive an invitation: In order to apply for a work permit, first you have to be invited. Invitations are issued each week through a randomized lottery system. The earlier you’re in the pool, the more invitation rounds you’ll be considered for.
  3. Submit a work permit application: If you receive an invitation, you then have 10 days to accept or decline the invitation. If you accept, you have 20 days from that moment to prepare and submit your application.

Invitation rounds typically begin in the weeks following the season opening.

Once quotas for each country are announced, they will be posted on this page along with regular updates on spots remaining and chances of receiving an invitation.

What to do to prepare yourself for IEC?

If you’re hoping to snag an invitation through IEC, the best thing to do is plan ahead. You can start by checking your eligibility for IEC — take our free Canadian Immigration Quiz to see if you’re eligible.

First, make sure you’re eligible for one of the three IEC programs: the Working Holiday program (the most popular option), Young Professionals, and International Co-op.

If you meet the eligibility for one of the programs, the next step is to . Submitting your profile as early as possible will guarantee that you’re considered for all invitation rounds. Invitations are issued randomly, so you want to be in the pools as early as possible.

You can also begin preparing yourself for the work permit application you’ll have to submit if you receive an invitation.

For free personalized guidance, make sure to sign up for a 鶹ӳý account. Your account gives you access to tons of resources, including checklists with step-by-step instructions for your immigration process, job openings from Canadian employers looking to hire IEC participants, and much more!

Finding a job for the 2024 IEC season

Many IEC Working Holiday participants may want to start looking for jobs in Canada before they arrive. Thankfully, we have partnered with several Canadian employers who are looking to hire 2024 IEC participants.

Check out the 鶹ӳý Jobs Board.

Young Guns Container Crew

If you’re looking for a physically demanding job with a great crew, we recommend taking a look at our partner, Young Guns Container Crew. They’re hiring labourers to help unload shipping containers in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Cornwall, Ontario (among others!). They love IECers and can offer you a job before you arrive. Apply here — or get more information by watching this video:

Skyscapes Balcony and Patio Flooring

If you’re physically fit and looking to live in Toronto or the GTA, consider applying to work at our partner Skyscapes. They pay well, and offer team-wide profit sharing. They also have a track record of securing LMIAs for valuable team members, so it’s a good fit for those authorized to work in Canada on an IEC or other open temporary work permit.

Skyscapes is hiring general labourers and construction workers who are authorized to work in Canada or who will be soon. Learn more and apply here.

What is the IEC program?

The IEC program allows international youth from more than 30 countries aged 18 to 35 (or in some cases, 18 to 30) to live and work in Canada for up to 24 months.

Further help with your Working Holiday Canada application

Please explore our many resources to help you plan your application. Research is crucial as you plan for success on your Working Holiday Canada permit.

Other IEC Working Holiday Canada Resources

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