Lots of people are still waiting for an IEC invitation and it’s hard to figure out when you’ll get yours.
Here’s our quick guide to explain how things work and an indication of when you may get an IEC invitation.
Using the UK 2018 Working Holiday IEC as an example (@ April 2018):
First round of invitations: November 20-24, 2017
Final round of invitations: To be announced
Invitations issued to date: 6,765
Spots available: 832
Candidates in the pool: 5,393
The data for this category are based on the information available on 29 March 2018.
What does this mean?
Quota 5000 – the overall number of IEC Working Holiday Visas expected to be issued during this season.
Invitations issued to date 6,765 – the number of people who have been invited to apply. A surprising number of people either won’t go on to complete an application or will be rejected (possibly for eligibility reasons) so the number of invitations issued in one year can be far greater than the Quota.
Spots available 832 – Quota less actual visas issued.
Candidates in the pool – how many IEC profiles exist and are hoping for an invitation.
I have a profile in the pool. How long before I get an application?
Invitations are sent at regular intervals (typically every 2-4 weeks). However, only a small number of invitations are made each time (a percentage of the overall pool). The aim of the administration of the programme is to spread issuing of visas through the year rather than have a big rush at the start of the season.
What are my chances of getting an IEC visa?
The selection process is random. The higher the number of candidates in the pool, the lower your chances of being chosen. However, it is random, so you always stand a chance.
Can I improve my chances?
There aren’t any ways to “play” the system. However, statistically the best option is to get a profile submitted at the start of the programme (it normally opens in November). You will then be considered for each round of invitations. Additionally, at the very start of the programme the number of candidates is likely to be lower so your chances are slightly improved.
Is it worth submitting a profile later in the year?
Yes! The invitations are issued at random so for each round you will stand an equal chance to all the other people in the pool. You could get lucky!
Where can I get more information?
The IEC website provides comprehensive information and useful FAQ’s.
Other useful information