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 2021 Season

The 2021 season opened on March 01, 2021. The pools for Germany opened on June 14, 2021.

Rounds of invitations

IEC Program Overview

Countries – work permits – pools – availability
Create Profile (for individual German applicants)
Create Profile – Information (for individual German applicants)
Documents (for individual German applicants)
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)
Processing – Biometrics – POE Letter of Introduction
Processing Procedures – Exemption Code
Processing Time
Requirements – International Co-op / Internship
Requirements – Working Holiday
Requirements – Young Professionals
Start Page

Immigration, Work Permit

Immigrate to Canada
Work in Canada

Retention Permit, Dual Citizenship

German Consulate General Toronto
German Federal Office of Administration