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Andorrans aged between 18 and 30 can now live and work in Canada for up to one year through International Experience Canada Program.
The new agreement was announced this week, and means Canada now has reciprocal agreements with 36 countries under IEC.
Andorrans are eligible to come to Canada under the Working Holiday stream of the IEC.
Although Canada continues to accept profile submission for IEC pools, applications are not being processed at this time due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said Canada was looking forward to welcoming Andorrans ‘when we can’.
“I am pleased that we have reached this arrangement with Andorra, which will further build our people-to-people ties,” he said. “While we recognize that the pandemic poses some challenges and that travel may not be possible at the moment, we hope that Andorran youth will use this time to plan their future adventures in Canada.”
More than 200,000 Canadians have participated in the IEC Program since 2008.
There are three categories under the IEC program:
Candidates receive open work permits that allow them to work anywhere in the host country.
- International Co-Op (Internship)
- Candidates receive employer-specific work permits for students to gain experience in their field of study.
Young Professionals participants receive an employer-specific work permit to gain targeted, professional work experience that is within their field of study or career path.
1. Working Holiday
The Working Holiday category is for candidates looking to fund a vacation with temporary work in Canada.
- You don’t have a job offer.
- You want to work for more than one employer.
- You want to work in more than one location.
- You would like to earn some money so you can travel.
Working Holiday candidates receive an open work permit.
2. International Co-Op (Internship)
The International Co-Op categories are aimed at candidates looking for overseas work experience int heir field of study.
- You are a student registered at a post-secondary institution.
- You have a job offer for a work placement or internship in Canada.
- You need to do this work placement or internship to complete your studies.
- You will work for the same employer in the same location during your stay.
International Co-Op category candidates receive an employer-specific work permit. Internships must be directly linked to the field of study.
Wages must follow the labour laws in a specific province or territory. The law determines if an internship needs to be paid.
3. Young Professionals
The Young Professionals category is for those looking to gain Canadian professional work experience.
- You have a job offer in Canada that contributes to your professional development.
- You will work for the same employer in the same location.
Under this category, work must be paid and not self-employed.
Young Professionals category candidates receive an employer-specific work permit.
- The employer must meet labour laws in the province or territory, including minimum wage.
- The job offer must be classified as National Occupational Classification (NOC) 0, A or B.
- NOC C jobs might be accepted if you can submit a post-secondary diploma, certificate or degree, with your work permit application. Your diploma, certificate or degree must be translated to English or French.
Countries Part of International Experience Canada Program
|Costa Rica||South Korea||Spain|
|France||New Zealand||United Kingdom|