Changes to Canadian visas meet demand from Irish workforce

5 Oct 2012

Following an agreement signed in Dublin today by Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore, TD, and Canadian immigration minister Jason Kenney, the number of Canadian visas and the time allowed to work abroad is set to double by 2014.

This year, 5,350 Canadian working holiday visas were made available to Irish people aged 18 to 35. This figure will jump to 10,700 in 2014, and the visa will then be valid for two years instead of one.

“This is excellent news because last year only 5,350 Canadian working holiday visas were granted to Irish people, while we would guesstimate by the level of interest we received, the numbers looking for this type of visa would have hit 10,000 people,” said Edwina Shanahan of Visa First.

Shanahan believes that, while Australia offers four times the number of working holiday visas to Irish citizens, the demand to travel to and work in Canada is increasing each year. “Another benefit of the Canada visa programme is that it allows Irish passport holders to apply up to their 36th birthday, which is 5 years more than Australia and New Zealand age limits,” she added.

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Elaine Burke
By Elaine Burke

Elaine Burke is managing editor of Siliconrepublic.com. She joined in 2011 as a journalist covering gadgets, new media and tech jobs news. She comes from a background in publishing and is known for being particularly persnickety when it comes to spelling and grammar – earning her the nickname, Critical Red Pen. When she hasn’t got her nose stuck in her laptop, you’ll find her in the kitchen, at the cinema, or on the dancefloor.

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