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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Almost 4,000 Canadian visas booked up in 11 minutes

Gary Whelan

Published 14/03/2014 | 10:52

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Close to 4,000 Canadian Working Holiday Visas were snapped up in less than 11 minutes after their release last night.

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Many young Irish people will today be disappointed as 3,850 visas were booked up almost immediately following their release last night at 8pm.

The 24-month visas to Canada are expected to overtake Australia in the coming years as the go-to destination for those looking for work and pastures new.

The low unemployment rate and pleasant lifestyle is resulting in many Irish students and young professionals choosing the cold of North America over the sunshine of Australia.

With jobless figures as low as 4.3% in Alberta who could blame them. Hundreds of Irish tradesmen have relocated to Calgary in recent years where high wages and job security are just one of the draws as the local energy industry attempts to alleviate the worker shortage they have there.

If working in oil fields is not appealing then the big cities of Toronto and Vancouver are also seeing a surge of young Irish people arrive. Ski and snowboard resorts such as Whistler and Banff are also highly sought locations to live and work in.

Of the lucky 3,850 who did get their application in on time, Paul Ryan from Limerick said he had his application ready for submission and was at his computer ready for the moment they were released.

“I have been waiting for this for months now so I feel like I have won the lottery, there was a massive rush for the visas. I know a couple of my friends were disappointed. I just hope I have someone to go with,” Mr Ryan (32) said.

For those who were disappointed last night, the good news is that they will have a second opportunity.

In total there will be 7,700 Working Holiday Visas. Last night was the round one release and the remaining 3,850 will be released at a date yet to be announced.

For more information about the visa visit the official Canadian government website where applications can be made directly.

Irish Independent

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