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This category is designed for French students wishing to work in Canada during their summer vacation (maximum 3 months).
Employment must begin and end between May 1st and September 30th, 2013.
In 2013, the Embassy of Canada in France is continuing its pilot project that allows electronic tracking of applications.
To submit an application to the International Experience Canada (IEC) initiative, you must download an application kit by following the instructions outlined on this page.
The "Student Summer Job" category of the 2013 International Experience Canada (IEC) initiative with France is now open.
We thank you for your patience.
It is possible to participate twice in the IEC initiative with France; however, the participations must fall under two different categories. A third participation in the IEC initiative is not allowed.
Within the framework of the IEC initiative, you are not permitted to have two valid permits at the same time (work permit and/or study permit).
You are strongly advised against making any definitive arrangements until you receive the Embassy’s decision (i.e. purchasing insurance, plane ticket, etc.).
Download, print and attach this certificate as the cover page of your application.
You will obtain this certificate by clicking on the link provided in the email giving you access to your personalised application kit.
Save this 2-page IEC application form on your computer. Then, complete it on the screen and print one copy. Finally, do not forget to sign and date this form.
This document must include your original signature.
The signature on your IEC application form must correspond to the one in your passport. No one else can sign this form on your behalf.
You will have access to these CIC forms by downloading the IEC application kit.
Read carefully. Duly complete all boxes, sign and date. This document must include your original signature.
The signature on your declaration form must correspond to the one in your passport. No one else can sign this form on your behalf.
Staple (do not glue) the 2 photos to the CIC “Application for Work Permit Made Outside of Canada” (IMM 1295) form, in the bottom left-hand corner of the first page (in the section marked FOR OFFICE USE ONLY – DO NOT WRITE IN THIS SPACE).
This photocopy must clearly show your first and last names, date and place of birth, passport issuance and expiry dates as well as your signature.
Your passport must be valid for at least one day beyond the date of your stay in Canada. Do not send your original passport.
Your student status must be valid at the time of application submission and for the duration of your summer job in Canada. The validity period must clearly appear on this photocopy.
This offer must be on letterhead paper of the company or host institution in Canada. In the absence of letterhead paper, your employer must stamp the offer or provide his/her business number. Your offer must include all of the following information:
- your first and last names;
- contract start date (dd-mm-2013);
- contract end date (dd-mm-2013);
- gross salary*;
- number of hours worked per week;
- job title and responsibilities/duties;
- location of employment in Canada (address);
- name, title and signature of the employer in Canada; and
- date on which the job offer was drafted.
* Please note that your employer must comply with labour laws in effect in Canada. Consequently, the salary proposed must correspond to at least the legal minimum wage of the province or territory of your employment. For more information, please visit Minimum Wage Database. Within the framework of this category, the Embassy of Canada requires that your weekly wage correspond to at least the minimum wage of the province or territory of employment, based on a 35-hour workweek.
In the application kit, you will find a note to your employer in Canada; we suggest that you share it with him/her in order to ensure that your job offer contains all of the required information.
Job offers that include information which has been added or modified by hand will only be accepted if the signature of the employer in Canada appears next to this modified information.
You must list your entire work history as well as all of your study experiences. Please indicate the official titles of your degrees, diplomas and certificates as well as their completion dates (mm-yyyy). For each of your professional and study experiences, please specify:
- dates (mm-yyyy)
- locations (city, country)
All periods of time must be accounted for (i.e. travel, sabbatical year, unemployment, etc.).
Please list the official titles of your degrees, diplomas, and certificates (avoid translating them).
Verify that all the required documents are assembled in the proper order. Include the checklist with your application.
The payment of the participation fee will only apply to candidates who submit applications that meet all of the IEC eligibility criteria. Consequently, it will be requested only after the Youth Mobility Unit (YMU) has examined your application.
If your application meets the IEC eligibility criteria, you will receive a conditional acceptance email. In this message, you will be asked to pay the participation fee by wire transfer. The fee amount in Euros as well as the bank coordinates of the account to which the payment must be made will be sent in your conditional acceptance email. Only the Euro amount indicated in that message will be accepted as it will correspond to the Canadian dollar exchange rate on the day of the conditional acceptance. You must not make this payment before receiving a conditional acceptance email from the Youth Mobility Unit. If you make the payment before you have received the conditional acceptance email, your application will be rejected on grounds of non-compliance.
Additional information concerning the fee payment process will be provided in the conditional acceptance email.
Mail the complete application to:
International Experience Canada (FR-JOB 2013)
Embassy of Canada in France
35, avenue Montaigne
Applications will only be accepted by post. Applications that are sent by fax, email or delivered in person will be refused and returned without being examined.
The Youth Mobility Unit (YMU) in charge of the IEC initiative does not have a public service desk. Please do not come in person to the Embassy of Canada.
You will be kept up to date on the status of your application by email, from the time it is received at the Youth Mobility Unit (YMU) to the completion of its evaluation. Your application will be examined in two phases: first, by the Youth Mobility Unit and then by the Visa and Immigration Section (VIS). If your application is accepted at the end of this process, you will receive a Letter of Introduction authorising your stay in Canada.
Upon reception of your application by post at the YMU,you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your file. Please be aware that this message is generated by an automated system. If you use an anti-spam filter, please make sure that your system is configured to authorise the following sender (i.e. by adding it to your contact list):
The YMU will examine your application in accordance with the instructions outlined above and the provisions of the Canada-France Agreement Concerning Youth Exchanges.
You will receive a conditional acceptance email from us asking you to pay the participation fee by wire transfer.
The fee amount as well as the bank coordinates of the account to which the payment must be made will be sent to you in this conditional acceptance email. You will have ten (10) days to make the wire transfer and upload your proof of payment via our secure online form; otherwise, your application will automatically be rejected on grounds of non-payment. Additional information regarding the payment process will be provided in the conditional acceptance email.
After receipt of your proof of payment, you will receive an email from us confirming that your proof of payment has been received. We will then undertake a final verification of your file.
If everything is in order, you will receive an email informing you that the first evaluation phase has been completed. Your application will then be forwarded to the Visa and Immigration Section for the second evaluation phase.
You will receive an email explaining the reason(s) for the refusal.
If you wish to reapply to IEC, you must download a new application kit as your previous one will no longer be valid.
Reminder: All incomplete or non-compliant applications will be rejected.
The Visa and Immigration Section will examine your application in accordance with Canadian immigration law and regulations.
If a medical examination is required (i.e. for work with children, in elementary or secondary education, or in health services), the Visa and Immigration Section of the Embassy of Canada in France will send you a personalised form and instructions for this visit after having reviewed your application. The results of this examination will be required in order to complete your application. You should anticipate at least an extra three-week processing time, in addition to the processing time that will apply to your file.
For more information, please consult the Medical Examination Requirements For Visitors page
You will receive a Letter of Introduction at the email address that you provided on your IMM 1295 form. (No paper copy will be sent.) This letter is not a passport or a travel document allowing you to enter or to stay in Canada. This document indicates that your application for a work permit has been approved. You will not receive any other documents.
If you use an anti-spam filter, please configure it to accept messages from the following addresses (i.e. by adding them to your contact list):
You will receive a letter by post explaining the reason(s) for the refusal and a reimbursement process will automatically be triggered within the YMU.
You will receive an email informing you that the YMU has initiated this reimbursement process.
You will receive a final email notifying you of its completion.
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The processing time that applies to your file is the one indicated in the email acknowledging receipt of your application at the Youth Mobility Unit. More information on the processing time is available on the Processing Time page.
Due to the high number of applications received, we will not respond to any questions regarding your file during the processing period.
In the event that you have not received an email or letter informing you of the Embassy’s decision after the total processing time indicated in the Acknowledgement of Receipt email has passed, you may inform us of this situation by completing the form available on the Processing Time page.
This form is to be used ONLY in this situation.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) requires that all participants in the International Experience Canada (IEC) initiative have comprehensive health care and repatriation insurance upon their arrival in Canada. This insurance must be valid for the entire duration of the work permit.
In Canada, the health care and social security systems vary by province and territory. The Practical Information page will help you know your rights.
The insurance policy that you buy must:
You are strongly advised against buying an insurance policy until you receive your Letter of Introduction.
You must present your proof of comprehensive insurance coverage (health care/hospitalisation/repatriation) to officials upon your arrival in Canada.
Please note that the Embassy of Canada does not have information regarding insurance policies or providers.
Your work permit will be issued at the point of entry to Canada upon presentation of the following documents:
- Letter of Introduction;
- Job Offer; and
- proof of insurance.
Your work permit will be valid for the duration indicated in your Letter of Introduction (maximum 3 months, between May 1st and September 30th, 2013). It will specify the name of the employer for whom you are authorised to work in Canada.
Before leaving the point of entry, verify that all the information on your work permit is correct (i.e. permit expiry date, etc.).
You may enter and exit Canada during the validity period of your work permit.
If you plan to travel to another country, you must ensure that you meet the entrance requirements of the country you plan to visit.
If you would like to participate in this category, you must follow the three steps outlined below in order to create your personalised application kit:
After following the steps above, you will have all of the information and documents necessary to complete your application and send it to the Embassy by post.
Registering online is the ONLY way to access a personalised application kit.
The program participation fee will be refunded if:
Your participation fee will not be refunded if:
All applicants are legally required to be truthful and disclose all relevant information with their applications. Applicants who submit an application package that contains misrepresented information, knowingly or unknowingly, will be denied entry to Canada and may also be banned from travelling to Canada. The details of the misrepresentation will remain permanently on record with Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency. For more information on misrepresentation, please visit: Document Fraud/Misrepresentation.
Please note: The participation fee is not transferable under any circumstance, whether from person to person or from year to year.
If you have any questions about the International Experience Canada (IEC) initiative, please consult the FAQ section.
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