2017 IEC Visa Quotas

2017 IEC

The 2017 IEC Visa Process is getting off to a nice start. Check in weekly for the latest on the latest invitations and quotas available!

What we’ve noticed this week: May 1st 2017

The number of spots available per country has decreased quite a bit this week – and some countries have no spots available any longer (Belgium & Greece!)

Australia, Ireland, Germany, Japan, Norway, New Zealand and Sweden are still looking great – excellent chance of getting that all important visa!

 

The 2017 IEC pools opened on October 17th 2016!

So what does this mean? I hear you ask. It means that you can now create your profile and submit this into your pool of choice. For example: Australia – Working Holiday; Lithuania – Working Holiday, Denmark – Working Holiday. Not sure how this works? Visit our 2016 visa blogs that explain it in more detail.

 

Rounds of Invitations

Invitations are sent out every week, on Fridays. The CRA have confirmed that the rounds of invitations will begin at the end of November 2016.

The below will give you an overview of the number of invitations that have been sent out for each country, and we will update this each week.

 

Australia

Chance of receiving an invitation: Excellent

Quota: Unlimited
First round of invitations: November 28, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 7,870 (+622)
Spots available: Unlimited

 

Belgium

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 750
First round of invitations: November 28, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 1,114 (+23)
Spots available: 0 (-17)

 

Chile

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 725
First round of invitations: November 28, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 1,311 (+144)
Spots available: 18 (-52)

 

Costa Rica

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 80
First round of invitations: November 28, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 134(+14)
Spots available: 1 (-6)

 

Croatia

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 275
First round of invitations: December 12, 2016 – December 17, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 492 (+66)
Spots available: 9 (-24)

 

Czech Republic

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 1,000
First round of invitations: December 12, 2016 – December 17, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 1,502 (+102)
Spots available: 9 (-52)

 

Denmark

Chance of receiving an invitation: Low

Quota: 350
First round of invitations: November 28, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 518 (+50)
Spots available: 3 (-27)

 

Estonia

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 80
First round of invitations: December 12, 2016 – December 17, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 162 (+21)
Spots available: 4 (-5)

 

France

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 7,700
First round of invitations: November 28, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 10,764 (+1340)
Spots available: 81 (-835)

 

Germany

Chance of receiving an invitation: Excellent

Quota: 4,200
First round of invitations: December 12, 2016 – December 17, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 6,043 (+384)
Spots available: 411 (-174)

 

Greece

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 180
First round of invitations: November 28, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 248 (+8)
Spots available: 0 (-5)

 

Hong Kong

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 200
First round of invitations: November 28, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 425 (+49)
Spots available: 9 (-16)

 

Ireland

Chance of receiving an invitation: Excellent

Quota: 7,700
First round of invitations: November 28, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 8,108 (+486)
Spots available: 3,227 (-189)

 

Italy

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 1,000
First round of invitations: November 28, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 1,939 (+182)
Spots available: 28 (-63)

 

Japan

Chance of receiving an invitation: Excellent

Quota: 6,500
First round of invitations: November 28, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 5,426 (+390)
Spots available: 2,435 (-333)

 

Korea, Republic

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 4,000
First round of invitations: November 28, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 7,005 (+1180)
Spots available: 127 (-587)

 

Latvia

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 40
First round of invitations: January 9-13, 2017
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 70 (+16)
Spots available: 2 (-1)

 

Lithuania

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 175
First round of invitations: January 16-20, 2017
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 329 (+108)
Spots available: 9 (-17)

 

Mexico

Note: The youth mobility agreement between Canada and Mexico is currently under review. As a result, the pools are not open.

Quota: To be announced
First round of invitations: To be announced
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: To be announced
Spots available: To be announced

 

Netherlands

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 480
First round of invitations: November 28, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 723 (+33)
Spots available: 5 (-14)

 

New Zealand

Chance of receiving an invitation: Excellent

Quota: 2,500
First round of invitations: December 12, 2016 – December 17, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 2,112 (+114)
Spots available: 1,278 (-58)

 

Norway

Chance of receiving an invitation: Excellent

Quota: 100
First round of invitations: November 28, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 110 (+8)
Spots available: 37 (-4)

 

Poland

Chance of receiving an invitation: Low

Quota: 638
First round of invitations: January 23-27, 2017
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 851 (+191)
Spots available: 87 (-103)

 

Slovakia

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 315
First round of invitations: November 28, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 490 (+33)
Spots available: 4 (-14)

 

Slovenia

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 85
First round of invitations: November 28, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 157 (+12)
Spots available: 3 (-2)

 

Spain

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 800
First round of invitations: January 3-7, 2017
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 1,450 (+162)
Spots available: 22 (-64)

 

Sweden

Chance of receiving an invitation: Excellent

Quota: 550
First round of invitations: November 28, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 511 (+52)
Spots available: 283 (-15)

 

Taiwan

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 940
First round of invitations: November 28, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 1,800 (+245)
Spots available: 31 (-121)

 

Ukraine

Note: The youth mobility agreement between Canada and Ukraine is currently under review. As a result, the pools are not open.

Quota: To be announced
First round of invitations: To be announced
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: To be announced
Spots available: To be announced

 

United Kingdom

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 5,000
First round of invitations: November 28, 2016 – December 3, 2016
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 8,714 (+401)
Spots available: 55 (-99)

 

30 Comments

  • Gytis says:

    I am from Lithuania.

    I was wondering if you know (rough) dates for:

    1. Final round of invitations.
    2. The actual start of a programme (2017) once you’ve accepted the invitation. Is it February? January? Or spring?

    • JFrench says:

      Hi Gytis!
      Thanks for your question.

      The final round of invitations are unknown – however our guess would be October 2017.
      The start date also is not set in stone, once you have received your POA (Port of Entry), you can go to Canada anytime up to a year after receiving this.

      Hope this answers your questions πŸ™‚
      Jane

  • Sara says:

    Hi! I applied for this, I’m Spanish. Any idea why our quota is not set yet? πŸ™

  • amanda eberechi says:

    am a NIGERIAN in nigeria.if i apply , any chance of getting an invitation?

  • Kamila says:

    Hello,
    I’m from Poland and I submitted some weeks ago my application to the Working Holiday Pool.
    It was quite a spontaneous decision, on the other hand, a willingness to go to Canada has been growing steadily over the years.
    Then I left for long holidays from which I just came back and I wonder now if there is still a point in looking for an employer and trying (if I’m very lucky with finding one) to submit the application to the Young Professionals Pool?
    It seems difficult to understand the deadline issue.

    Thank you very much for your help,

    • JFrench says:

      Hey Kamila,
      Thanks for your question!
      The Working Holiday Visa is a much easier visa to get, because you will not have to secure a job before hand. I think it is difficult to find an employer before moving to Canada, however if you can do this – go you! Mostly we would encourage participants to apply for the WHV, also because we don’t really have too much experience with the Young Professional. The deadlines are very similar however, if that is your worry.
      Poland has not yet released any invitations, however, it’s likely that you will easily receive an invitation this way. I would suggest to sit tight & wait for this visa πŸ™‚
      Best of luck,
      Jane

  • S says:

    And what about Ukraine? Do you have some updates? Or no?

    • JFrench says:

      Hey!
      Unfortunately we don’t know what’s happening with Ukraine yet, but keep checking back each week and we will we updating the information as we get it πŸ™‚
      Cheers
      Jane

  • Max says:

    Hi! do you roughly know the date for the final round of invitations for the UK? also my 18th birthday is in july, how likely do you think it is that i’d get an IEC before the end of the season? thank you, Max

    • JFrench says:

      Hey Max,
      I would assume the end of October will be the last round of invitations, unless there is a huge demand and they go faster. This is likely for the UK!
      It’s hard to say if you will get your POE before your birthday, but there’s always a chance πŸ™‚
      Cheers!
      Jane

  • David says:

    Hi there,
    I’m from Malaysia and in my final year of studies. I’m planning ahead, possible apply for 2018. Malaysia is not in the list though, is it possible for me to get a work travel visa?
    Please advise
    Thanks

    • JFrench says:

      Hey David,

      Yeah it’s always possible. However you’ll have to go down another route to apply for your visa and it’s likely that you’ll require help from professional organisations to do this. You should check out the list of recommended organisations listed by the CIC! Here they are: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/iec/ros.asp

      Cheers
      Jane

  • Sheryl says:

    Does anyone know about this? “The youth mobility agreement between Canada and Mexico is currently under review. As a result, the pools are not open.”Does anyone know what this means? Did they use to give work permits for Mexico or are they now thinking about it?

  • Fiona says:

    Hi there,

    My partner and I were submitted into the pool last Sunday (22nd Jan) from the UK. At this time the chances of getting an invitation were very good (one website said excellent) and he then got invited to apply 4 days later (incredible luck).

    However, the new figures from IEC website are now saying ‘very low’ chance – what a change in a week! I know the pool is completely at random, but do you think there is a good chance that they’ll send out the last round of invitations soon? Thus, not being able to receive an application to apply myself?

    Thanks in advance!

    Fiona

    • JFrench says:

      Hey Fiona,

      Thanks for reaching out. I’ve heard from a few people in similar positions to you guys. It’s very strange to see the chances go up and down, I’ve noticed this for quite a few countries this year.

      It’s tough to know when the invitations will end; if 2016 is anything to go by it will last until the end of July, and they will add extra spots. Last year they added 1000 extra spots for the UK in July. See here: https://workingholidayincanada.com/iec-invitations-2016-wh-visa/

      There’s not much for you to do unfortunately but wait for the invitation, as you said it is completely at random. Last year some people withdrew their applications and reapplied and almost immediately received an invitation. However having said that, this won’t work for everyone. I’m not not sure if they were just lucky! It also was much later on in the year, towards the end of the whole process.

      Let me know if you have any other questions, hopefully I’ve answered your question!
      Jane

  • Kitty says:

    Hi, I’m from Singapore and am Singaporean. I’m wondering if I can apply for this working holiday program? Thanks!

  • Selena says:

    Hi There,

    I am from Australia. I applied for a work Holiday Visa on February 20th, but still haven’t gotten an invitation.
    My partner is Canadian, and is currently living with me in Australia, but his Visa runs out this July. I am hoping i will get my working holiday visa to move to Canada with him in July, until we can figure out partner visas. I have been on the IEC facebook page, and saw some comments saying some people have been waiting since October last year for an invitation. Is this normal?

    • JFrench says:

      Hi Selena!
      Thanks for getting in touch πŸ™‚
      It’s still possible for you to receive an Invitation to Apply or even your Port of Entry before July – however I’m not sure how likely this is, the invitation process is a little different this year and the IEC keep breaking up the dates when they decide to send out invitations. There’s nothing that can be done to speed it up other than keep your fingers crossed. However it may be possible to be sponsored by your partner from the beginning.
      Best of luck!
      Jane

  • Christian says:

    Hi there
    I am from Australia and I submitted my profile on the 26th of February and haven’t heard anything back yet, and it says the chance are very low for all countries. I am going to Europe May 12 and will be going to Canada from there if I get this visa. Do you have any information about this?

    • JFrench says:

      Hey Christian,
      It’s really hard for us to know what your chances are to receive an invitation, in past years unlimited visas for Aussies meant that everyone who applied received one. It’s unlikely that you will have a PoE for Canada by May 12, just because of the processing times. But it’s possible to enter Canada as a tourist and apply for your visa from there! Hope this helps!
      Jane

  • Scott says:

    Hi there,

    I am from the UK and turning 30 at the start of June this year. I am about to start the process to apply for my working holiday visa but I can see the chances of receiving an invitation are very low. How does it work if I do not receive an invitation this time around and me close to turning 30? Have I still got till the last days of being 30 to get accepted or does it end for me once I actually turn 30?

    Thanks in advance,
    Scott

    • JFrench says:

      Hey Scott!

      Luckily for you, the program says “be between the ages of 18 and 30 (inclusive)”, meaning you can be 30 and still get the visa! πŸ™‚

      Best regards,
      Jane

  • Julio says:

    Hi, I’m Mexican. Is there a deadline to know if the the youth mobility agreement between Canada and Mexico will be open? I mean when will we know is there’s still an opportunity for Mexicans to apply for a working holiday in 2017?

    • JFrench says:

      Hi Julio!
      Unfortunately there has been no indication as to when this will open. There are other ways for Mexicans to come to Canada, but I think it’s more along the lines of a sponsored visa by an employer or a student visa. Sorry to say we don’t know too much about this πŸ™
      Best of luck!
      Jane

  • Humaira says:

    Hi there,
    I was wondering if Bangladeshis have any chance of getting this visa…

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