Ciara Kenny

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Recent trends from Irish visa agent

Average age of visa applicants jumped from 29 to 32, while number of spousal applications for Australia doubled. The number of teachers, welders, solicitors and IT professionals looking to emigrate increased, but the number of architects and engineers fell.

Tue, Feb 19, 2013, 14:27

   

Ciara Kenny

The average age of people applying for visas through Irish migration agent VisaFirst.com jumped from 29 to 32 last year, while the ratio of males to females was 60:40, according to their annual report.

While these figures should be viewed with some caution (the majority of visa applications lodged for Australia and Canada, for example, are done without the use of a visa agent, and older people who are ineligible for a working holiday visa may be more likely to use a specialist), there are some interesting trends to note.

The number of applications from teachers, welders, solicitors, mechanics and IT professionals has increased significantly, according to their manager Edwina Shanahan, as well as the number of arctic truck drivers applying for jobs in Canada.

While “large numbers” of architects were applying for visas through the agent in 2010 and 2011, applications have dropped by 80 per cent over the past 12 months, while applications from plumbers and electricians looking to move to Australia have also fallen by about 20 per cent.

Spousal applications – people looking to join husbands or wives – doubled for Australia last year, while applications for second year working holiday visas rose by 36 per cent.

Canada is becoming increasingly popular, with applications for work permits up 16 times, and permanent residency applications double what they were in the previous 12 months.

The top occupations to leave the country in 2012 according to the VisaFirst report were: tradespeople (bricklayers, carpenters, plasterers, artic drivers, heavy equipment operators, welders), engineers, hotel and catering professionals (chefs, bar managers, bakers), accountants, mechanics, nurses, hairdressers, farmers, teachers, beauty therapists and solicitors.

Important: You don’t need to use an agent to apply for any visas. Using one will not guarantee you a visa, or fast-track your application. See the official government immigration websites for Canada, Australia and New Zealand for more information.