2020 IEC Visa Process

2017 IEC

Everything you need to know about the 2020 International Experience Canada Visa Process.

The COVID-19 outbreak has had a significant impact on both the Canadian economy and workers across Canada.

Due to the global pandemic, the IEC has temporarily paused the working holiday program. For more information regarding how COVID-19 is affecting travel to Canada check out our article.

The 2020 IEC invitation rounds are currently on hold due to COVID-19. Once the invitation rounds resume we will provide an update on our website and social media.

Rounds of Invitations

The Government of Canada will update the first and final rounds of invitations for the 2020 IEC Visa’s as this information becomes available to them.

They will provide at least five days’ notice before

  • The first round of invitations and
  • Final round of invitations

If you are currently in a pool, you could receive an Invitation to Apply any time after the date of the first round of invitations.

Invitations are sent out every week. The below will give you an overview of the number of invitations that have been sent out for each country for 2020.

Australia

Chance of receiving an invitation: Excellent

Quota: Unlimited

The first round of invitations: January 6th 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 3,398

Spots available: Not applicable

Candidates in the pool: 942

Belgium

Chance of receiving an invitation: Low

Quota: 750

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 959

Spots available: 97

Candidates in the pool: 205

Chile

Chance of receiving an invitation: Low

Quota: 725

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 725

Spots available: 183

Candidates in the pool: 5,767

Costa Rica

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 80

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 101

Spots available: 14

Candidates in the pool: 290

Croatia

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 275

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 178

Spots available: 165

Candidates in the pool: 33

Czech Republic

Chance of receiving an invitation: Low

Quota: 1,000

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 1,125

Spots available: 241

Candidates in the pool: 1,171

Denmark

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 350

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 297

Spots available: 150

Candidates in the pool: 74

Estonia

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 110

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 135

Spots available: 38

Candidates in the pool: 16

France

Chance of receiving an invitation: Low

Quota: 7,100

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 5,625

Spots available: 3,133

Candidates in the pool: 17493

Germany

Chance of receiving an invitation: Low

Quota: 4,490

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 3,518

Spots available: 2,036

Candidates in the pool: 667

Greece

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 180

The first round of invitations: January 20 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 202

Spots available: 42

Candidates in the pool: 75

Hong Kong

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 200

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 267

Spots available: 24

Candidates in the pool: 368

Ireland

Chance of receiving an invitation: Excellent

Quota: 10,500

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 5,825

Spots available: 6,857

Candidates in the pool: 1,891

Italy

Chance of receiving an invitation: Low

Quota: 1,000

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 1,144

Spots available: 388

Candidates in the pool: 220

Japan

Chance of receiving an invitation: Excellent

Quota: 6,500

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 2,403

Spots available: 4,565

Candidates in the pool: 673

Korea, Republic

Chance of receiving an invitation: Good

Quota: 4,000

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 3,946

Spots available: 1,464

Candidates in the pool: 14,308

Latvia

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 40

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 55

Spots available: 11

Candidates in the pool: 101

Lithuania

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 175

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 212

Spots available: 55

Candidates in the pool: 399

Luxembourg

Chances of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 80

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 34

Spots available: 60

Candidates in the pool: 7

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

The first round of invitations: To be announced

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: To be announced

Spots available: To be announced

Candidates in the pool: Not accepting applications

Netherlands

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 430

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 582

Spots available: 34

Candidates in the pool: 232

New Zealand

Chance of receiving an invitation: Excellent

Quota: 2,500

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 1,051

Spots available: 1,837

Candidates in the pool: 290

Norway

Chance of receiving an invitation: Low

Quota: 130

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 77

Spots available: 79

Candidates in the pool: 13

Poland

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 635

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 832

Spots available: 128

Candidates in the pool: 261

Portugal

Chances of receiving an invitation: Low

Quota: 1,750

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 398

Spots available: 1,481

Candidates in the pool: 134

San Marino

Quota: 25

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 5

Spots available: 22

Candidates in the pool: 1

Slovakia

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 315

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 369

Spots available: 63

Candidates in the pool: 406

Slovenia

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 80

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 56

Spots available: 49

Candidates in the pool: 14

Spain

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 800

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 929

Spots available: 213

Candidates in the pool: 1,045

Sweden

Chance of receiving an invitation: Excellent

Quota: 580

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 170

Spots available: 482

Candidates in the pool: 69

Taiwan

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 940

The first round of invitations: January 6 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 830

Spots available: 464

Candidates in the pool: 4,405

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

The first round of invitations: To be announced

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: To be announced

Spots available: To be announced

Candidates in the pool: Not accepting applications

United Kingdom

Chance of receiving an invitation: Very Low

Quota: 2,500(subject to change)

The first round of invitations: February 24 2020

The final round of invitations: To be announced

Invitations issued to date: 291

Spots available: 2,347

Candidates in the pool: 6,494

38 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 🙂
      Jane

  • Sara says:

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

  • 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 🙂
      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 🙂
      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 🙂
      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.

      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 🙂
      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! 🙂

      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 🙁
      Best of luck!
      Jane

  • Humaira says:

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

  • Clemmie Parker says:

    Hi,
    I’m from the UK and was planning to come late this year (November/ December), can I still apply for a visa is there any chance? if not when’s the earliest you can come in 2018 and when can you start applying for this?

    • JFrench says:

      Hey Clemmie,

      It looks like spots for UK citizens are a little shy at the moment (15 left), but there’s still a chance that if you apply now you’ll receive an invitation.

      If you don’t receive one in this round, it’s likely that they will open up again in October/November, but with that timing, the earliest you may be able to come to Canada is in April/May 2018!

      Best of luck!
      Jane

  • Gemma Palma says:

    Hi, is there still an opportunity for Ecuadorians to apply for a working holiday in 2017? Please, let me know!!

  • Veez says:

    Hello,

    I am from Norway and have been instructed by my employer to apply for an IEC Working Holiday work permit. However, I have just entered the pool, I am waiting to receive an invitation, and I am well aware that the processing time upon submission of the application is up to 8 weeks. I am supposed to start work in early August, however, and I am not confident the work permit will be approved in time.

    I have raised this particular issue with my employer only to be rebuked. I am considering exploring other options as my position would be a “unique work situation” as an intern at an international organization – this application currently has a processing time of 4 weeks.
    Do you have any thoughts on this? Can I submit a work permit application for one category while waiting on the invitation from the IEC pool? If I get the IEC invitation, can I have two work permit applications live? There’s not an awful lot of information about this on their websites.

    Thank you for your help!

    • JFrench says:

      Hi Veez,

      Are you currently in Canada? The IEC will definitely be wrapping up in August/ Sept/ October, and the current chances of getting a WHV as a Norwegian citizen is excellent, so I would assume that you will get this no problem.

      Current Stats:
      Spots available: 29
      Candidates in the pool: 4

      So if you are one of the 4 people waiting in the pool, I think you will receive an invitation soon 🙂
      As far as we know, it’s not possible to have 2 permits active at the same time, and we don’t know enough about the internship visa to give you any advice.

      Hope this helps! Let us know if you get the invitation 🙂
      Jane

  • Liz says:

    Any idea why the pools
    For Mexico are closed? There’s been no news since last year when all the other countries pools
    Opened.

    • JFrench says:

      Hey Liz,

      At the moment there’s no real explanation other than “The youth mobility agreement between Canada and Mexico is currently under review. As a result, the pools are not open.” However I believe there are other ways to come to Canada as a Mexican citizen, just not with the Working Holiday Visa.

      Best,
      Jane

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