How it works
Everything you need to know to obtain the International Experience Canada (IEC) work permit.
Most of our applicants complete these steps within two months and sometimes much less. It could take longer if the government requests additional information or if you take awhile to submit things on your side. While we can’t promise a specific timeframe, we invite you to check in with us about recent processing times we’ve seen.
1. Sign up and submit the InterExchange application
2. Create a profile on the Government of Canada website
3. Pay the balance of your program fee
4. Receive your application documents
- Invitation to Apply (ITA) (coming directly from the Canadian government)
- R.O. Letter: confirming that you are working with SWAP Working Holidays, a government- recognized organization (required for US Citizens)
5. Complete your visa application
6. Submit your visa application fees
7. Receive a work permit pre-approval
The pre-approval is also known as a Port of Entry Letter or a Letter of Introduction (LOI). Notify InterExchange as soon as you receive this.
8. Start your pre-departure process
9. Obtain your work permit is at the Canadian border
Present your Work Permit Pre-Approval (LOI) at a Canadian Port of Entry, along with entry documents.
To Start your Application
- 18-35 years old
- U.S. citizen
- $100 USD program deposit
To Complete your Application
- Pay the balance of InterExchange program fee of $1395 USD
- Pay the Canadian government visa application fee: $261 CAD
To Enter Canada
- Medical insurance
- Support funds for at least 3 months in Canada / at least $2500 CAD
Program Fee: $1395
- 2024 Program fee: $1395
- Early Bird Special if you sign up before January 8, 2024: $1295
- Optional pre-travel job placement service: $295
Access to InterExchange. We are here to help you in your journey to Canada! From application help and review, to consulting sessions in planning your trip, we are here for you.
Access to SWAP for the duration of your stay in Canada. SWAP services include group orientation, one-on-one consultations, access to jobs database, CV and interview preparation, and group activities (select cities).
- Canada visa fees (261 CAD)
- Travel health insurance (Typical plan prices range from $400-1000 USD)
- Travel costs (varies widely depending on destination and duration of travel)
- Support funds of $2500 CAD upon initial entry to Canada
Please note that InterExchange is not an immigration specialist or visa service provider. Your payment to InterExchange covers the program fees for InterExchange and SWAP for the items indicated above, but it is up to you to actually obtain the appropriate visa and/or work permit needed for your program. We will provide general information about this process along the way.
The Canada WHV is flexible, so you can work on your terms. With SWAP on your side, you’ll have access to an extensive jobs database, with decades of vetted roles with trusted employers in a range of locations.
Work and travel!
Shorter-term or seasonal work is a great way to experience Canada while making income. Typical jobs include:
- Restaurants, cafes, bar work
- Theme parks
- Special events
Further your existing career path
Get a job placement
For a $295 job placement fee, you can line up a job before you get to Canada.
Work and live in majestic Banff, Jasper, Okanagan, or Whistler. Available jobs range from hospitality, resort, hotel, and retail jobs, as well as ski lift operations!
Typically, resort jobs offer on-site employee housing.
Please note, this service is subject to availability and generally placements occur between January-September. If you are pursuing a winter season role, it is recommended to apply early in the year.