Comparing Working Holiday Programs

18th Feb 2013 Comments Off on Comparing Working Holiday Programs

Many young people from certain countries around the world are able to come to Canada to work on open work permits for specified periods under the Working Holiday Program (“WHP“).  The WHP is a part of the International Experience Canada (“IEC“) program.   The IEC also includes other programs such as the Young Professionals Program which require that applicants have pre-arranged employment.

What many people don’t realize is that the WHP rules for specific countries vary dramatically.  As well, they are changing constantly.  So if you see you’re country on the list below, and you notice that the rules for your country are much more stringent than other countries, you may want to lobby your government to negotiate more flexible terms with Canada.

Country
Age Eligibility
Maximum Validity (Months)
Frequency of Participation
Quota

Australia
18-30
24
No limit
8,900

Belgium
18-30
12
Once
750

Chile
18-35
12
Once
725

Costa Rica
18-35
12
Twice in IEC, Once in WHP
70

Croatia
18-35
12
Twice
275

Czech Republic
18-35
12
Twice in IEC, Once in WHP
1,000

Denmark
18-35
12
Once
300

Estonia
18-35
12
Twice in IEC, Once in WHP
80

France
18-35
12
Twice in IEC, Once in WHP
14,000

Germany
18-35
12
Twice in IEC, Once in WHP
4,200

Greece
18-35
12
Twice in IEC, Once in WHP

Hong Kong
18-30
12
Once
200

Ireland
18-35
24
Once
6,350

Italy
18-35
6
Once
1,000

Japan
18-30
12
Once
6,500

Korea
18-30
12
Once
2,000 per tranche

Latvia
18-35
12
Twice in IEC, Once in WHP
164

Lithuania
18-35
12
Twice in IEC, Once in WHP

Netherlands
18-30
12
Twice in IEC, Once in WHP
380

New Zealand
18-35
12
Once
2,500

Norway
18-35
12
Twice in IEC, Once in WHP
100

Poland
18-35
12
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IEC Work Permit – New Employer

22nd Oct 2010 Comments Off on IEC Work Permit – New Employer

There are currently thousands of young adults each year who come to Canada through an International Experience Canada exchange. Those coming under the Working Holiday program receive open work permits, while those coming under the International Co-Op and the Young Professionals programs receive employer-specific work permits.

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