Biometric data in the case of your IEC visa means your fingerprints and a photograph.
As of July 31st 2018 all Canada IEC applicants are required to submit Biometric data to the Canadian Immigration authorities before they can enter Canada.
Upon reaching the last stage of the application process applicants will be requested to attend by appointment only, the Embassy of Canada in Dublin and submit their Biometric data. There is an additional cost for this data to be collected, however this is already covered in the Visa cost you pay to USIT.
Applicants will only have 30 days from receiving the Biometric Collection Letter to attend the Embassy. Failure to attend the Embassy and submit this data will mean that your IEC visa will not be approved and you will have to pay for the visa again & resubmit all paperwork.
The appointments for the biometric data collection at the Embassy of Canada in Dublin can fill up very quickly, in this case you may be instructed to attend the VAC centre in London in order to have your visa processed within the 30 days limit.
All IEC applicants should be prepared to travel to London to complete this step if requested. Any expenses incurred due to travel required will be at the applicants own expense and is NOT covered with the USIT visa cost.
As an Irish citizen, you may participate in the Working Holiday category only once. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you may participate in IEC one more time through the International Co-op (Internship) category.
If you participated in IEC before 2013 for a period of up to 12 months, you are eligible for a second participation of up to 24 months in the category of your choice. Those who participated in IEC more than once before 2013 are no longer eligible to apply.
You must submit Garda Clearance Form with your application.
You may also need a police certificate from any country or territory that you have spent six months or more since the age of 18.
For example: if you visited, worked or lived in a country for two months, left for a few years, then returned for four months, that counts as spending six months there. In this case, you would need a certificate.
If you need a police certificate from a country or territory and are currently living there, or received the police certificate before leaving, the police certificate must be issued within six months before you apply.
If you have lived there in the past, the police certificate must be issued after you last lived in that country or territory.
You may have to get a medical exam because of the type of job you want to do in Canada. Examples of such jobs are:
Jobs that bring you into close contact with people, such as: workers in the health sciences field, clinical laboratory workers, patient attendants in nursing and geriatric homes, medical students admitted to Canada to attend university medical electives and physicians on short-term locums. Teachers of primary or secondary schools, or other teachers of small children. Domestic workers who give in-home care to children, the elderly and the disabled. Day nursery employees and other similar jobs. Agricultural workers who have visited or lived in one of a selection of countries for more than six months during the past year.
No. If you must replace your passport after receiving your Port of Entry (POE) Letter of Introduction, your Letter of Introduction will not need to be modified. You must tell the Border Services Officer that your passport has been replaced when you arrive in Canada for the information on your work permit to match the information on your new passport.
If your passport was updated because you got married, please bring a photocopy of your wedding certificate with you to Canada. If your passport was updated because you got divorced, please bring proof of your divorce.
International Experience Canada participants who can't get a bank statement may show the following as proof of funds when they arrive at a Canadian port of entry:
A letter on official letterhead from your banking institution, that is issued no more than one (1) week before your departure for Canada, clearly shows your account balance, is signed and preferably stamped. Bring the original letter provided by your banking institution, not a photocopy.
We strongly recommend you wait until you receive your Port of Entry (POE) Letter of Introduction before travelling to Canada. If you do not have your Letter of Introduction when you arrive at a Canadian port of entry, you will not get a work permit. The Border Services Officer will decide if you may be admitted as a visitor (tourist). As a visitor, you are not allowed to work.
If you are in Canada when you receive your Letter of Introduction, you must:
- leave the country, and
- re-enter at any port of entry to receive your work permit.
If you plan to leave and re-enter Canada through the United States, you must meet US immigration requirements. Contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate to find out if you meet these requirements.
For International Experience Canada, you must have health insurance for the entire time you are in Canada. The health insurance must cover medical care; hospitalization; and repatriation.
You may be refused entry if you don’t have insurance. If your insurance policy is valid for less time than your expected stay in Canada, you may be issued a work permit that expires at the same time as your insurance.