New Arrangement for Canadian and South Korean Youth

On May 23, 2o23, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced the signing of a new Canada–South Korea Youth Mobility Arrangement to provide youth from the two countries with more options when applying for international work and travel opportunities in each other’s respective countries through International Experience Canada (IEC) or the South Korean equivalent.

The new arrangement features improvements over the existing memorandum of understanding signed in 1995:

  • The eligibility age will increase from 18–30 to 18–35.
  • Two new streams—International Co-op (Internship) and Young Professionals—will be added to complement the existing Working Holiday category.
  • Most youth will also have the option to participate twice in the program—each time for up to 24 months.

The new arrangement is expected to go into force in 2024.

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