Canadian Visa: IEC applications to open on Tuesday
The long-awaited first round of Canadian working holiday visas for 2015 will open tomorrow, Tuesday April 14.
More than 7000 International Experience Canada (IEC) working holiday permits will be offered for 2015.
The visa allows Irish people under the age of 35, along with their children, to live and work in Canada for up to two years.
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Started as a cultural exchange between Ireland and Canada in 2003, the programme has increasingly become focused on filling Canada’s ongoing labour shortages.
Demand for the working holiday visas among Irish applicants has been high in recent years, with the first round snapped up in a record seven minutes last year, and the second round in less than half an hour.
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It thought some 7,700 permits in total will be made available, the same number as last year, for 2015, though only 3,850 will be available tomorrow.
No date has yet been set for the remaining 3,850.
Canada remains a popular destination for highly-skilled but underemployed Irish workers.
“We likened the demand for last year’s visas programme to Garth Brooks tickets as they were snapped up as soon as they became available,” said Edwina Shanahan, Manager at www.visafirst.com.
“Places on this programme are in big demand and people have been waiting eagerly for the last two months to see when the Irish part of the programme would open.”
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Applicants are advised to have their documentation ready before the application system opens on Tuesday, with a Kompass account already set up.
A change in the structure of the IEC programme means that applications will have just 14 days to submit their documentation, including Garda clearance – changed from three months last year.
For more details on applying for an IEC visa, visit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/iec/