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Saturday 18 November 2017

3,850 Canadian visas snapped up in 30 minutes

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The second round of 3,850 Canadian Working Holiday Visas were snapped up in about 30 minutes yesterday.

Many Irish people will be disappointed as the coveted visas were booked up  following their release at 9pm yesterday.

Some 3,850 of the visas had been snapped up in less than 11 minutes last month.

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.

This year's quota of 7,700 working holiday permits available under the Internatioinal Experience Canada (IEC) programme is higher than the 6,350 available in 2013.

But it was decided to split the visa allocations into two rounds when the demand caused the online application system to crash previously.

A waiting list is now in operation for applicants who were not granted their visa last night.

Some 3,000 more Canadian visas are still available this year under the new “young professionals” and “international co-op” streams for applicants.

But this stream of visas is available for those who have a job offer or internship arranged in advance.

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