Monday 19 March 2018

Canada has released 10,000 extra working visas

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Kathy Armstrong

10,000 new work permits have been released for young Irish people.

In good news for those hoping to move to Canada, the Canadian Immigration Services announced that they are increasing their immigration permits from 300,000 this year to 310,000 in 2018, 330,000 the following year and 340,000 in 2020.

The visas are available to anyone aged between 18 and 35 and include Young Professional  and Working Holiday permits.

The working permits were released last night and allow people to live and work in Canada for up to two years, while the International Co-Op visas are valid for up to a year.

Canada is a popular choice for Irish emigrants, with thousands of young people moving there each year.

A statement on the Canadian government's website explained they are expanding their immigration programme as factors such as their ageing population and falling birth rate could pose a threat to their economy and workforce needs.

Canada is a popular choice for young Irish workers
Canada is a popular choice for young Irish workers

They also noted that immigration has enhanced Canadian society.

The statement said: "The Government of Canada is committed to an immigration system that strengthens the Canadian middle class through economic growth, supports diversity and helps build dynamic and inclusive communities, while maintaining border security, and to preserving the health, safety and security of Canadians.

"Our immigration system has made Canada the nation it is today – one that is diverse, prosperous and welcoming to those in need. "Demographics and diverse labour market needs drive Canada’s demand for immigration, but it is our commitment to integration and to helping those in need that sets us apart.

"Immigration will continue to play a crucial role in keeping our country at the forefront of the global economy.

"Thanks to immigration, Canada is in a better position than other countries, like our G7 counterparts, to face future labour force challenges arising from our ageing population."

For more information about applying for a Canadian visa, please visit here.

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