The CIC Canada Immigration Bureau officially announced on March 1, 2021 that the 2021 International Experience Canada (IEC) will be open. International Experience Canada (IEC) may sound unfamiliar to many people, but you've probably heard of working holiday, or working holiday. To be exact, Working Holiday is one of the three programs provided by the CIC Immigration Bureau, International Experience Canada (IEC), which is suitable for applicants with Korean nationality apply.

Working Holiday is a program designed to allow one year of employment experience in Canada without employer restrictions, and anyone between the ages of 18 and 30 can apply for a settlement fund of more than $2,500, working holiday.

As I mentioned before, the acquisition condition of working holiday is rather simple and it is a very useful program that provides open work permit like a year and can reach permanent residency. You typically need a year of experience in Canada to obtain permanent residency, but at the end of the Working Holiday, you can switch to a Work Permit or another Permit via LMIA, and your experience with a Working Holiday Permit can also be recognized as a permanent resident.

Previously, anyone could receive work permit after working holiday approval, but recently, working holiday was approved due to COVID-19, but if you don't get a job offer, you won't be free to enter the country, so remember this in advance.

This working holiday will be issued to a total of 4,000 Koreans and will be selected by random draw. Although they are not selected on a first-come, first-served basis, the number of people who can be selected decreases as the round passes, and since they give a lot of invitations in the beginning, it is most advantageous to register as soon as possible. For those under 30 years of age who have never applied for Working Holiday, I recommend you to apply at least once. Working holiday is always crowded with applicants as the conditions are not particular. Therefore, even if the applicant's conditions are met, it is often not selected, so we should be aware of this in advance and prepare for the process.

The news of the reopening of the long-stalled working holiday, the selection of mass Express Entry issued a few weeks ago, and BCPNP, which put restrictions on several occupations, show signs of a return to the original position. If you are preparing for permanent residency in Canada, such as the Immigration Office's announcement that more immigrants will be selected by 2023, you should prepare in advance.