Canada working holiday quota used up in single day
CNATAIPEI--Taiwanese young people have become increasingly enthusiastic about embarking on working holidays in Canada, the Canadian representative office in Taiwan said Sunday.
January 14, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei began to accept applications for the 2013 International Experience Canada (IEC) program Jan. 9 and by the following day, more than 940 had been received — the full quota for the entire year and faster than last year in terms of the time taken to fill the quota, an official with the Canadian office said.
The office said in a Jan. 10 news release that it will hold a draw to select the 940 applications that it will review for the 2013 Working Holiday program.
The office further said that it will only continue to accept applications for the IEC's 20 vacancies in International Co-op and 40 slots in the Young Professional categories.
Those who mailed their application packages after Jan. 10 were required to indicate on the envelope that they are applying for the International Co-op or Young Professionals categories, to ensure that their submissions will be received and processed, the Canadian office said.
To ensure fairness, the office went on, all applications postmarked Jan. 9 will be placed in the draw for the Working Holiday category.
“We will notify everyone (successful and unsuccessful) who sent in their application Jan. 9 on the status of their application by mid-January via email,” the office said.
It also asked applicants not to contact the office during this period to inquire about the status of their application.
Taiwan and Canada signed an agreement in 2010 to launch the working holiday program. Under the program, people aged 18-35 from the two countries are allowed to travel and work in each other's territories for up to one year.