Canada increases working holiday visas for Irish
Canada, 19th January: Canada has announced of increasing the total number of Canada working holiday visas for Irish nationals by 1,000 making the total number of Canada working holiday visas to 5,000.
The change in the one year Canada working holiday visa scheme has been put into effect for Irish nationals aged between 18 years and 35 years to immigrate to Canada.
In the year 2010, Canada had issued working holiday visas to around 4,200 Irish citizens, revealed Ray Bassett, Irish Ambassador to Canada.
There has been an increase of 80 percent in the number of Irish moving to Canada since the year 2007.
And with the Republic of Ireland facing severe economic crisis for quite a few months, more and more Irish nationals are likely to seek opportunities of moving overseas this year in order to escape from the financial downturn and to get suitable jobs there.
Among the nations to be chosen by the Irish people for moving overseas include the US,
Canada, New Zealand, the UK and Australia.
The year 2010 saw around 3,462 Irish people getting Canada PR (Permanent Residency). Canada had allotted extra Canada working holiday visas that had not been taken by other nations to Irish nationals.
Canada immigration is providing a facility for the Irish people to apply for two one year Canada visas rather than just a one year visa. Hence, this will facilitate nearly thousands of Irish nationals already in Canada to make an application for staying in Canada for another one year.
Canada had been liberal in granting Canada visas to almost all the Irish applicants and the reason for rejection of Canada visa applications of Irish was due to some error in their applications.
Canada seems to have become a favored destination for immigrating and this has resulted in creating a big demand for Canada visas, stated Mr. Bassett. And the year 2011 is likely to see an even greater demand for Canada visas, he asserted.
Mr. Bassett has a piece of advice for immigrants wanting to live in Canada. He suggests that they should work towards getting an employer sponsored visa from a Canadian employer.