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Old 15th February 2012, 09:44 PM
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Here is the breakdown of my "progress":

3rd January - Posted off application Special Delivery arrived 10.30 the next day.

24th January - Recieved email confirming application had arrived and was being processed.

2nd February receive confirmation email saying I was eligible and had been conditionally accepted and my application was being passed over to the visa section for evaluation. asked for payment prior to papers going to visa section for evaluation.

13th February email confirming that payment had been recieved and papers were now being evaluated and I could expect to hear within 6 weeks. Here is the wording about the 6 weeks:



15th February get email asking for confirmation as to whether I need Medical Examination.

Hope that helps you somewhat work out the maths for your situation....
That's great Adam really appreciate it... there's definitely a chance I can make it as they've said 6 weeks but could be sooner I suppose. Keep me informed if that's okay and hope you get your medical sorted soon mate

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That's great Adam really appreciate it... there's definitely a chance I can make it as they've said 6 weeks but could be sooner I suppose. Keep me informed if that's okay and hope you get your medical sorted soon mate
No worries on the help and yep here's hoping they just send me the form to take to the doctors ASAP I have no worries on the actual medical front (I hope)

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Have you saved the PDF? If so, check the email on that. And thank you!!
I've just checked the PDF. I've some how managed to miss spell my email address. :-(

Any idea what my next step will be?

Maybe I'll start my application again!

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Hi there!

Stumbled upon this thread from Google, seems like a few have been experiencing my woes.

I took part in the Working Holiday Program back in 2008 as a student and I'm looking to go back under the IEC program this year. I sent off my application by Royal Mail Recorded delivery and it was signed for on 26th January by 'Jean'. I still haven't received any notification by email that my application has been received. I think quite a few people have felt my frustration. I have emailed them to check, but as it says on the website,

'due to the volume of inquiries being received regarding the opening of the 2011 IEC initiative, any inquiry pertaining to information that can currently be found on the IEC section of this website will not be answered by the IEC team.'

I guess as I haven't received a response, there is just a back log, but this Thursday will be 4 weeks from it being received. Add 8 weeks processing time on top of this, and it seems like a very inefficient process.

I had no such problems last time I applied in 2008. Other than being patient is there anything I can do? Has anyone got an answer by phoning, and if so is there a number?

Thanks and good luck to everyone!

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I only received my receipt email this morning, 1 day short of 5 weeks after it was signed for so hang in there everyone.

There's a couple of really helpful groups on Facebook 'iec 2012' and 'BUNAC Canada 2012' (i think!) with people who are applying and seeing their timelines may help you to stop worrying.

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Hey,

Thanks for this. As frustrating as that is, that's really reassuring. Thanks for taking the time to post, and thanks for pointing me in the direction of the Facebook groups... I used to be a member of the BUNAC Facebook group but didn't think it would still exist now everythings changed! I guess I should expect an email sometime around 29th Feb, fingers crossed, I'll post when I do!

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Hi all,

It's quite exciting to see everyone else preparing to go out there too! I've had my letter of introduction and I'll also be heading for Toronto, though I probably won't do so until after Christmas (Jan 2013) as I still have a lot of saving to do. I'd love to get some work with a festival, particularly a film festival, though that is admittedly pretty niche. Otherwise I'm aiming for arts administration or work in higher education, such as temping for Uni of Toronto. (They seem to have a temp unit.) Or anything else that pays the bills and doesn't make me want to cry! I've been wondering how difficult it is to find any kind of a decent job when employers know you've only got a one year residency guaranteed. I've been thinking that I will try to also do some volunteering if I end up with a dodgy temp job, just to prop up my CV for when I get back to the UK.

Anyone else going it alone? My family think I'm mad!

I was wondering whether any of you have invested some serious research into health insurance? I used the BUNAC link to get a quote with Endsleigh a while ago and remember being a bit shocked. (450, I think) Anybody have any recommendations?

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Hi all,

It's quite exciting to see everyone else preparing to go out there too! I've had my letter of introduction and I'll also be heading for Toronto, though I probably won't do so until after Christmas (Jan 2013) as I still have a lot of saving to do. I'd love to get some work with a festival, particularly a film festival, though that is admittedly pretty niche. Otherwise I'm aiming for arts administration or work in higher education, such as temping for Uni of Toronto. (They seem to have a temp unit.) Or anything else that pays the bills and doesn't make me want to cry! I've been wondering how difficult it is to find any kind of a decent job when employers know you've only got a one year residency guaranteed. I've been thinking that I will try to also do some volunteering if I end up with a dodgy temp job, just to prop up my CV for when I get back to the UK.

Anyone else going it alone? My family think I'm mad!

I was wondering whether any of you have invested some serious research into health insurance? I used the BUNAC link to get a quote with Endsleigh a while ago and remember being a bit shocked. (450, I think) Anybody have any recommendations?

Cheers,
Katie
Hi Katie!

I'm like you in the process of getting everything sorted out for Canada and I will be heading out to Toronto when I arrive. I'm still waiting to hear back from them in regards to my receipt, but I haven't heard anything back from them in 4 weeks now and I'm beginning to worry. I will be going it alone like yourself, but I'm hoping to meet a few people to tag along with so I won't be a complete loner.

I'm probably looking at going later on this year or possibly Jan/Feb 2013 as I need to save more money and gain more experience in my line of work. Any way are you a member of the BUNAC/IEC group on Facebook?

I haven't gone as far as to arranging travel/health insurance as i'm taking it one day as it comes. Once I receive this special "LOI" that everyone has been banging on about on Facebook, then I'll start to plan flights, accommodation and travel insurance etc.

Listen if you need any help then let me know and I'll try and assist you.

Stephen

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Hi Katie!

I'm heading out to Toronto too around September time, going solo. It's so scary but more exciting! Lol.

The cheapest travel insurance I've seen is either with ace travel insurance or DownUnder.

What's made you decide Toronto?

Sammie x

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Hi Stephen and Sammie!

Stephen- 4 weeks is within their specified time scale, I think, so probably no need to worry yet. Mine was much quicker than I thought, but maybe they have a huge backlog now that the number of visas are starting to decline and people are bombarding them. Hopefully you get the famous letter soon! I'm on the BUNAC facebook group/page, but I didn't know there was a IEC page- do you have a link? I can't find it!

Sammie- thanks for the tip, I'll check them out. I think Toronto was always going to be the obvious choice for me as I'm very much a "big city" person. Also, it's very cultural, arty, and has a good festivals scene, (in which I want to get some experience) plus good transport links, and I thought it might be easier to meet people and find a job than in the smaller cities/towns. What was your decision based on?

Katie

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