Work Permit

During internships and employment candidates are legally entitled to work in Canada.

Most candidates participate in the "International Experience Canada" (IEC) program. It consists of 3 different work visa categories, the "International Co-op / Internship" visa, the "Working Holiday" visa, and the "Young Professionals" visa.

Germans can participate twice, but the categories have to be different. IEC work permits do not require a "Labour Market Impact Assessment" (LMIA) due to the reciprocal nature of the "International Mobility Program" agreement between Canada and Germany.

IEC Program 2023 Season


The opening of the 2023 season might take place in December 2022. The date will be announced by the IEC team.

Rounds of invitations
IEC Twitter

IEC Program Overview


Account / Create Profile (for individual German applicants)
Account / Create Profile – Information (for individual German applicants)
Application process at a glance (for individual German applicants)
Documents (for individual German applicants)
Dual citizenship
Employer Portal (for "International Co-op / Internship" visa and "Young Professionals" visa only)
Fees (for individual German applicants)
Help Centre – FAQs
International Mobility Program
LMIA exemption
National Occupational Classification Codes (for "International Co-op / Internship" visa and "Young Professionals" visa only)
POE Letter of Introduction – Processing – Biometrics
POE Letter of Introduction – Validity
Pool – International Co-op / Internship
Pool – Working Holiday
Pool – Young Professionals
Processing Procedures – Exemption Code
Start Page
Work permit categories and eligibility criteria

Immigration and Work Permit


Government of Alberta: AAIP
Government of British Columbia: BC PNP
Government of Canada: Immigrate
Government of Canada: Work
Government of Nova Scotia: AIP
Government of Ontario: OINP
Government of Québec

Retention Permit and Dual Citizenship


German Consulate General Toronto
German Federal Office of Administration