Canada | Immigration | IEC visa holders excluded from the travel restrictions in Canada.

The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has announced that following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, IEC participants with a job offer can now come to Canada.


International Experience Canada (IEC) gives young people the opportunity to travel and work in Canada. To participate in IEC, Candidates’ citizenship country or territory must have an agreement with Canada that will allow them to apply for an IEC work permit.


The IEC requires young people, usually between the ages of 18-35, to receive open work permits in Canada for a period of 1-2 years. Such young people are residents of peer countries in Canada such as Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Costa Rica, most Member States of the European Union, the UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea


Starting May 8, 2020, certain visa holders of International Experience Canada (IEC) are excluded from the travel restrictions for coronavirus in Canada.


According to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), only IEC participants who have a legitimate job offer and a port of entry letter of introduction can now come to Canada, while IRCC encourages these individuals to continue monitoring their website for updates.


Canada considered that everyone who arrived for work in the country during the coronavirus era was an “essential” traveller.


Participants of the IEC with a job offer will remember that they are legally obliged to quarantine themselves for 14 days upon arrival in Canada and need to submit a self-quarantine plan to the authorities.


At present only four Canadian airports receive international flights:

•          Vancouver (YVR)

•          Calgary (YYYC)

•          Montreal (YUL) and

•          Toronto (YYYZ).



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