2020 International Experience Canada season – The latest news on IEC permits

Published: 25-02-2020



Last minute – The pools for the 2020 season will close on November, 12. More information.

The 2020 season for International Experience Canada (Working Holiday, Young Professionals and International co-op (Internship)) is NOW OPEN!

Here is an article about the Working Holiday Permit in Canada (2020 IEC season). Read on for the latest news!

On February, 2020, the Canadian government wrote this on Twitter :

Translation:  “We are currently processing a large amount of applications. Expect a decrease in the number of invitations in the next few weeks.”

What is International Experience Canada (IEC)?

IEC is a Government of Canada program designed to give 18-35 year-old travellers the opportunity to work in Canada.

There are three IEC work permit categories:

  • Working Holiday (often referred to as the “WHV”)
  • Young Professionals (“YP”)
  • International Co-op (Internship)

2020 IEC season opening date

IEC pools for the 2020 season were scheduled to open on December 9, but technical difficulties forced a delay. All IEC pools—Young Professionals, International Co-op and Working Holiday—eventually opened on December 12, Ottawa time.

So, if you want to apply for a Working Holiday work permit, now is the time! Here are the links that take you directly to the Government of Canada website:

Stay tuned and don’t get scammed!

The 2020 IEC season first round of invitations for most countries occurred on January 6, 2020. For the UK, it occurred on February 24,2020.

Stay tuned and use reliable sources for the latest news:

Pvtistes.net offers zero fake news, 100% real info from official sources, i.e. the Government of Canada (official social media accounts, official website).

DON’T GET SCAMMED! Every year, a number of hopeful candidates use third-party websites. The deal? “Of course, we can guarantee you a spot, just pay $$$!” Scammers! There is only one website to submit your profile to a pool—the Government of Canada website, https://www.canada.ca/iec-international. You can also use a Recognized Organisation.

How much is an IEC work permit?

Fees went up slightly this year:

  • $341 for the Working Holiday work permit category ($335 in 2019)
  • $241 for the Young Professionals and International Co-op work permit categories ($235 in 2019)

Submitting a profile to a pool is still free—you will only have to pay the fee if you accept an Invitation to apply and submit an application.

How long does it take to get my IEC work permit?

Officially, it can take up to 8 weeks for your work permit application to be reviewed from the moment you submit your biometrics. Applications can be processed much faster, depending on how busy IRCC offices are and how popular IEC work permits are in your country.

If you don’t get an Invitation to apply by the end of the IEC season (around September/October 2020), you will receive a message informing you that your profile was deleted from the 2020 IEC season pool.

How can I apply for a Working Holiday work permit?

New to the Working Holiday work permit? Take a minute to read the Guide to the Canadian Working Holiday Visa Program for a comprehensive overview.

If you’re a former WHV holder, you still need to understand how the process works for Canada. For instance, unlike Australia, Japan or Argentina, Canada has a quota system. Candidate profiles are drawn at random from pools—you may not receive an invitation at all since there are usually more applicants than WHVs available.

You can submit your profile to a pool as soon as the 2020 IEC season opens. Use our comprehensive Step-By-Step Guide to International Experience Canada Work Permits for Working Holiday, Young Professionals and International Co-op work permits applications (with screenshots!).

Tips for a smooth application process

When the rounds of invitations start

Waiting for your Invitation to apply during the ongoing IEC season? Don’t forget to check your IRCC account at least once a week! Don’t just rely on your regular email address.

If you do get an Invitation to apply, you only have 10 days to accept it and move onto the next step of the application process. If you miss the message, you will lose your chance to submit an application and your profile will be removed from the pool.

If you get an Invitation to apply

If you’re 100% sure you will be ready to travel to Canada in the next 12 months, accept the Invitation to apply. If you’re not sure, decline it—there’s no point in submitting an application, getting the Working Holiday permit and eventually losing it because you didn’t travel to Canada before it expired. If your Working Holiday permit expires, you won’t be able to apply for another one ever again (exceptions).

If you decline the Invitation to apply, your profile goes back into the pool of candidates and it could be drawn again later in the 2020 IEC season. This is the wisest move if your profile was picked “too early” for your travel plans.

Check out the “Accept or decline?” infographic to better understand the dilemma and avoid common mistakes!

Don’t rush into submitting your application! You still have 10 days to do it—and when you’re ready, read our Step-By-Step Guide to International Experience Canada Work Permits — International Co-op, Young Professionals and Working Holiday Applications.

Download your copy of our free PDF Guide to Working Holiday in Canada to get ready for your adventure!

The two basic Working Holiday work permit requirements are having a minimum of CAN$2,500 to help cover your expenses in Canada and buying health insurance (psst… check out Globe WHV!) for the entire duration of your stay in Canada. Note that the proof of funds and proof of insurance won’t be required when you apply but you must present them upon landing. Once you get your Working Holiday work permit, you have 12 months to travel to Canada and activate your work permit.

Interesting links:

NEW vidéo – The Working Holiday permit in Canada (subtitled in English):


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