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IEC Young Professionals Canada

Wealthy countries boast advanced economic and social infrastructures that ensure a high standard of living. The systems are built on mutual benefit, where one side is a utilizer and a giver. The Young Professionals Canada allows youth to work in Canada. In return, the employed candidates are guaranteed high wages, a decent work environment, health insurance, career promotions, and many other additional perks.

Such exchange with international talent serves a clear purpose – economic benefit. Canada identifies and retains the most gifted human resources. Given the workforce shortage, especially in the tech and health care sectors, this young mobility program is a partial solution to the problem.


What is the Young Professionals Canada?

The Young Professionals Canada is one of the International Experience Canada (IEC) programs open to 35 countries in a reciprocal agreement with Canada. Youth from eligible countries have an excellent opportunity to kick off their career in this bilingual country, dive into a new culture, get Canadian work experience to compete not only in the Canadian job market but globally as well.


Eligibility for the Young Professionals Canada

Unlike another IEC program, Working Holiday Visa, the IEC Young Professionals candidates must have a job offer before applying. However, it should be a valid job offer that corresponds to one’s field of study and professional development. For instance, non-paid internships or volunteer work, including self-employment, don’t count.

All occupations in Canada are grouped in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Type Level 0, A, or B. A NOC C or low-skilled occupations such as industrial butchers, long-haul drivers, or food servers that only require a high-school diploma or job-specific training or certificate are also allowed.


Young Professionals Work Permit 

The type of work permit issued to confirmed candidates is employer-specific. It means that the work visa will be linked to a Canadian employer-issued for one or two years, depending on the applicants' country of citizenship. Yet, different from a temporary work permit, Canadian employers hiring under the Young Professional program need not obtain a positive Labor Market Assessment (LMIA), demonstrating that there's no Canadian or permanent resident to fill the vacancy.


Other requirements for the Young Professionals program

Young professionals need to comply with the following criteria:

  • be a citizen of a participating country;
  • be between 18 to 35 years old;
  • have medical insurance covering medical care, hospitalization, and repatriation;
  • pass a criminal and security check;
  • have proof of funds.

The border service officers usually ask for these documents at the port of entry. The health insurance package should be valid for the period of an individual’s stay in Canada. Similarly, the border service officers may ask for a bank statement obtained one week before departure to Canada. The minimum required sum should be CAN$ 2,500. As for the work permit, it should indicate the employer's name who issued a job offer.


Young Professionals Canada Application Process

Here are the stages behind the scene of the application process.

  1. Completing the questionnaire

All applicants under Young Professionals, first, must receive their personal reference code after completing the questionnaire.

  1. Creating a profile

Once the IRCC personal code is obtained, our legal representatives will open a profile on the Canadian immigration government website.

  1. Submitting the profile and a job offer

The next stage is to submit the applicant’s profile together with a job offer.

  1. Receiving an Invitation to Apply

Approved candidates will receive the invitation with ten days to start the application.

  1. Competing and submitting the IEC application

During the subsequent 20 days, the application will be completed and submitted.

  1. Involving an employer

During those 20 days, an employer will be referred to the Employer Portal, and an applicant will get a job offer number for a work permit application.

  1. Uploading all supporting documents

All supporting documents will be uploaded, including a police certificate, medical exam, health insurance, etc.

  1. Paying fees

Payment includes the program participation fee, biometrics fee, and work permit fee.

  1. Receiving a Port of Entry Letter

Approved candidates will receive a Port of Entry letter to their account.

  1. Getting prepared for a trip

At this final stage, candidates will get information about travel restrictions and quarantine rules due to COVID-19.

As the ICCRC immigration lawyer processes the work permit application, Solid Visa clients will be notified about necessary documents and forms to be submitted.