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A Guide to the New International Experience Canada Instructions


A Guide to the New International Experience Canada Instructions

The Canadian government has introduced new instructions for International Experience Canada (IEC) applicants. IEC is a program that allows young people from around the world to travel and work in Canada for a period of up to two years. The new instructions include changes to the application process and the types of jobs that are eligible for IEC participation.


On July 15, 2022, the government of Canada introduced instructions for International Experience Canada applicants. The new instructions clarify that International Experience Canada (IEC) applicants have to acquire valid healthcare insurance for the entire period of their work permit. IEC applicants who could not purchase insurance to cover the entire length of their work permit can present 2 consecutive healthcare insurance policies. At the time of application, IEC applicants are not required to provide proof of healthcare insurance. However, they have to declare that they will purchase one before coming to Canada.


IEC applicants have to acquire valid healthcare insurance for the entire period of their work permit


IEC applicants have to acquire valid healthcare insurance for the entire period of their work permit

Canadian businesses have long relied on immigrants to help fill gaps in the labour market. In recent years, the Canadian government has introduced a number of programs to make it easier for qualified workers to come to Canada. One of these programs is the International Experience Canada (IEC) program, which allows young people from certain countries to live and work in Canada for up to two years. The IEC program is a popular way for Canadian companies to recruit top talent from around the world.


However, recent changes to the IEC program may make it more difficult for Canadian businesses to attract and retain foreign workers. Under the new rules, IEC applicants are required to acquire valid healthcare insurance for the entire period of their work permit. This could dissuade potential applicants from coming to Canada, as they may be concerned about the cost of health insurance. Canadian businesses that rely on foreign workers may find it more difficult to find qualified employees in the future.


International Experience Canada


International Experience Canada (IEC) is a Canadian government program that allows young people from around the world to come to Canada and gain work experience. Canadian companies and businesses can benefit from IEC by hiring skilled Immigrants. The IEC program makes it easier for Canadian employers to find and hire foreign workers, and also helps immigrants gain the Canadian work experience they need to qualify for permanent residence. There are three main types of IEC: Working holidays, Young Professionals, and International Co-op Internships.


To be eligible for IEC, applicants must meet certain criteria such as being a citizen of a participating country, being aged 18-35, and having a valid passport. working holiday participants must also have proof of funds to support themselves during their stay in Canada. Once an applicant has been selected, they will receive an invitation to apply for a work permit. If they are approved, they will be issued a work permit that is valid for up to two years. During their time in Canada, participants are free to travel and explore the country, while also gaining valuable work experience.


The new instructions released by the government of Canada on July 15, 2022 clarify that all International Experience Canada (IEC) applicants must have valid healthcare insurance for the entire duration of their work permit. If you are an IEC applicant and do not currently have valid health insurance, it is important to contact a qualified Canadian immigration lawyer or consultant as soon as possible to discuss your options. At Mesidor Canadian Immigration Services, we can help you determine whether you are eligible for coverage under provincial or territorial health insurance plans and guide you through the process of acquiring healthcare coverage. Contact us today for more information.



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