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Canadian visa quota filled in record time

The Canadian working holiday visa quota for Irish people has already been filled for this year, in less than four days after applications opened.

Mon, Feb 4, 2013, 09:49

   

Ciara Kenny

The Canadian working holiday visa quota for Irish people has already been filled for this year, in less than four days after applications opened.

On Friday morning we warned there were just 1,226 visas left out of the quota of 6,350 after applications opened on Tuesday afternoon, but the remainder were snapped up before the end of the day.

The visa allocation for Irish people last year was filled by May.

Should you have your heart set on a move to Canada this year however, all is not lost – a message on the Irish Experience Canada (IEC) website says that although the quota will not be increased, a “limited number of supplementary applications” are being accepted to allow for refusals and withdrawals.

The visa period under the IEC programme, which allows Irish passport holders aged 18 to 35 to work legally in the country, has been extended from 12 months to 24 this year, and 1,000 more visas are available than in 2012 following an agreement reached between Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Canadian immigration minister Jason Kenney last year. The quota will be raised to 10,700 in 2014.

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