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Applied for an IEC... got a Work Permit. Is that right?

Old Sep 20th 2016, 2:41 pm
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Hi folks. I applied for an IEC earlier this year and was successful, but instead they have given me a work permit. Which is a four-year work visa, right?

I'm wondering why this has happened. Has anyone else experienced this? I was in Canada on the IEC programme 2014-2015. Would that have made a difference?

I mean, I'm not complaining or anything - four years!

Either way, I'm going to fly over early next year to accept. With the IEC, financially I need to have C$2500 in the bank if I remember correctly. Is this different for the work permit?

Thanks!
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Default Re: Applied for an IEC... got a Work Permit. Is that right?

Originally Posted by ritchieee
Hi folks. I applied for an IEC earlier this year and was successful, but instead they have given me a work permit. Which is a four-year work visa, right?

I'm wondering why this has happened. Has anyone else experienced this? I was in Canada on the IEC programme 2014-2015. Would that have made a difference?

I mean, I'm not complaining or anything - four years!

Either way, I'm going to fly over early next year to accept. With the IEC, financially I need to have C$2500 in the bank if I remember correctly. Is this different for the work permit?

Thanks!
You should have been given an open 2 year work permit.

If you had a one year permit 2014-2015 then you can get another permit of 2 years - you should not have been given a 4 year permit.
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Default Re: Applied for an IEC... got a Work Permit. Is that right?

Hey Beckiwoo, so the two year permit, is that still considered an IEC? Would it say that on my GCKey area? It just says 'work permit'. Which my understanding is four years.
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Default Re: Applied for an IEC... got a Work Permit. Is that right?

Originally Posted by ritchieee
Hey Beckiwoo, so the two year permit, is that still considered an IEC? Would it say that on my GCKey area? It just says 'work permit'. Which my understanding is four years.
An IEC is a type of work permit, so you will have been given the 2 years as normal. Sorry!

Just for the sake of anybody else reading, a work permit can be anywhere for a year to 3 years, but 4 years is the maximum some foreign workers can stay in Canada on work permits for.
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Default Re: Applied for an IEC... got a Work Permit. Is that right?

Aha right! Well I guess I'll have to take just the two years

Thanks for clearing that up.
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Default Re: Applied for an IEC... got a Work Permit. Is that right?

Originally Posted by ritchieee
Aha right! Well I guess I'll have to take just the two years
On top of the 1 year - 3 years is more then enough time to apply for PR providing you get yourself organized
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Work permits issued under international agreements can be excepted the four year cumulative duration rule as can NOC 0, A positions (and some other categories).
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Default Re: Applied for an IEC... got a Work Permit. Is that right?

Originally Posted by ritchieee
Hi folks. I applied for an IEC earlier this year and was successful, but instead they have given me a work permit. Which is a four-year work visa, right?

I'm wondering why this has happened. Has anyone else experienced this? I was in Canada on the IEC programme 2014-2015. Would that have made a difference?

I mean, I'm not complaining or anything - four years!

Either way, I'm going to fly over early next year to accept. With the IEC, financially I need to have C$2500 in the bank if I remember correctly. Is this different for the work permit?

Thanks!


A lot of people misunderstand the IEC programme, despite going through it, as they seem to think what their mate's partner once heard about the Australian programme is more important than what Canada's immigration agency wrote down for them.


IEC is an umbrella programme that covers three types of work permit: Working Holiday, International Co-operative, and Young Professional. British citizens can only get the Working Holiday type of work permit. We may participate once, and people who already participated once before 2015 may do so again as if they hadn't.


It is not a visa. Most people on IEC do not require a visa. If you need a visa to go to Canada, you will probably be excluded from the work permit.


The work permit lasts 24 months. The letter emphasises that temporary work permits cumulatively may not exceed four years in Canada. This does not mean that the 24 month permit you have been given may be ignored, and lasts for 4 years. It means it contributes to your maximum four year time.
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Default Re: Applied for an IEC... got a Work Permit. Is that right?

Is the IEC 1 or 2 years? What I can find in the CIC website is that it is 1 or 2 years depending on your nationality.
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Default Re: Applied for an IEC... got a Work Permit. Is that right?

Originally Posted by ponylife
Is the IEC 1 or 2 years? What I can find in the CIC website is that it is 1 or 2 years depending on your nationality.
2 years for UK citizens.

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Default Re: Applied for an IEC... got a Work Permit. Is that right?

Originally Posted by Vulcanoid
A lot of people misunderstand the IEC programme, despite going through it, as they seem to think what their mate's partner once heard about the Australian programme is more important than what Canada's immigration agency wrote down for them.


IEC is an umbrella programme that covers three types of work permit: Working Holiday, International Co-operative, and Young Professional. British citizens can only get the Working Holiday type of work permit. We may participate once, and people who already participated once before 2015 may do so again as if they hadn't.


It is not a visa. Most people on IEC do not require a visa. If you need a visa to go to Canada, you will probably be excluded from the work permit.


The work permit lasts 24 months. The letter emphasises that temporary work permits cumulatively may not exceed four years in Canada. This does not mean that the 24 month permit you have been given may be ignored, and lasts for 4 years. It means it contributes to your maximum four year time.
Except for (as Snowy pointed out) it comes under the possible exceptions for International agreements.
These categories or occupations are the exceptions according to which a work permit can exceed the four-year limit–R200(3)(g)(ii) and (iii):

NOC 0 and A;
LMIA-exempt jobs under
International agreements [R204(a) and (b)]
(e.g., NAFTA),
Canadian interests (R205),
Self-support (R206),
Humanitarian reasons (R208);
See
International agreements

204 A work permit may be issued under section 200 to a foreign national who intends to perform work pursuant to

(a) an international agreement between Canada and one or more countries, other than an agreement concerning seasonal agricultural workers;
Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations

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Except for (as Snowy pointed out) it comes under the possible exceptions for International agreements.
These categories or occupations are the exceptions according to which a work permit can exceed the four-year limit–R200(3)(g)(ii) and (iii):

NOC 0 and A;
LMIA-exempt jobs under
International agreements [R204(a) and (b)]
(e.g., NAFTA),
Canadian interests (R205),
Self-support (R206),
Humanitarian reasons (R208);
See
International agreements

204 A work permit may be issued under section 200 to a foreign national who intends to perform work pursuant to

(a) an international agreement between Canada and one or more countries, other than an agreement concerning seasonal agricultural workers;
Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations

Indeed.. and just taking a wild guess part of the reason Australians could repeatedly apply for a working holiday without facing a brick wall with that 4 year rule (as well as obviously the reciprocal agreement allowed it at the time)
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Yes. Several Australians I know have had more than 2 IEC WPs. They're only allowed one participation from now on though.

IEC actually comes under R205(b):

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resourc...on/experience/


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Originally Posted by Snowy560
Yes. Several Australians I know have had more than 2 IEC WPs. They're only allowed one participation from now on though.

IEC actually comes under R205(b):

International Mobility Program: Canadian interests – Reciprocal employment – International Experience Canada [R205(b)] (exemption code C21)


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