Winter is coming. And with that, so are the final rounds of invitations for the 2016 Working Holiday Visa in Canada.
It’s been a good year so far, with a whopping 96,020 invitations sent to applicants already. Yes, that’s right, we did the math ourselves.
But it’s all coming to a close in the next few days. On September 21st, when routinely sending out another round of invitations, the CIC announced that the 2016 season will soon close.
The CIC released this statement on their website:
To be considered for the 2016 season, all profiles must be submitted before 9:00 am Eastern Daylight Time on September 30, 2016.
Once all invitations have been sent out, pools will close for the season and participants will begin receiving letters in their accounts. This letter will inform you that your profile has been removed. – CIC, September 2016
So what does this mean for all you hopeful people?
In short, you need to get your act together before September 30th, or wait until next season!
For those of you who are sitting in the pools – we’ve heard of a little hack through the grapevine that may help you to get that invitation before the rounds of invitations close.
Withdraw and apply again! Yes, it sounds a little unconventional, however, we’ve heard positive feedback from those who have done this – most saying that they received the invitation on the same day that they reapplied.
Unfortunately, it’s also bad news for citizens of Mexico and Ukraine, as they have not received any invitations from the 2016 pools.
It’s curious as to why citizens from Mexico and Ukraine have not received any invitations this year, but the IEC are not giving away much information on the subject, except for stating the below:
The youth mobility agreement between Canada and Mexico is currently under review. As a result, no Invitations to Apply will be sent at this time.
The youth mobility agreement between Canada and Ukraine is currently under review. As a result, no Invitations to Apply will be sent at this time.
The Good News: The 2017 Visa Season is opening sooner than anticipated
The CIC also revealed that the 2017 season will be opening in mid-October. Yay!
- You will either receive an Invitation to Apply, or receive a letter closing your account. Before this happens, you could withdraw your application and reapply on the same day. This may increase your chance of receiving an invitation with your new application.
- If you wish to take part in the 2017 pools, you will need to take the eligibility test and then create a new IEC profile. If you’ve forgotten how to do this – check out our guide here.
- Once the pools open, in mid October, you can enter the pools again. The waiting game will recommence at that stage.
Good luck with the final rounds of invitations for 2016!
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