The 2016 IEC Visa Application Process has changed somewhat from previous years, here’s a brief rundown for you:
The biggest change to the 2016 application system is it does not work on a first come, first served basis.
This year they have introduced a pool system. You need to complete a basic eligibility application form which then submits your name into a pool along with other eligible applicants. Throughout the year names will be drawn at random from this pool to select people to submit their full application which will include things like police certificates, family history information, medical certificates (dependent on your choice of career) etc.
This step is rather controversial because in previous years you simply waited for the quota to open, submitted your application and provided you didn’t fail the background checks you were guaranteed to get in. This year you are left in limbo as you don’t know where you stand in relation to other applicants. The idea of this change is to make the application process fairer as not everyone can be available at the exact time the quotas go live like in previous years.
If you have already put your name into the pool you can see how many applications have already been given out to other people from your country and how many places are left here.
Good luck to everyone applying. It is worth the wait because living in Canada is amazing!