Ciara Kenny

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Irish people still anxiously waiting for Canadian visa release

Some applicants working in Canada say they might be forced to leave their jobs

Wed, Feb 12, 2014, 16:30


We’ve received several messages from readers over the past week anxious about the Canadian government’s delay in opening the application system for working holiday visas for Irish people this year.

A batch of more than 10,000 International Experience Canada visas, which allow Irish people under the age of 35 to work in Canada for up to two years, was expected to become available some time in January, but there is still no sign of a date for their release on the section for Irish applicants on the Canadian government’s immigration website.

Some applicants already working in Canada, who were hoping to use the system to extend their IEC visas for a second year, are saying they may be forced to leave their job if the system doesn’t open before their visas expire.

Are you one of the potential applicants waiting for the system to open?

For more about the Canadian IEC visas, read Jennifer Hough’s report last month: After a slow burn, Irish workers’ love affair with Canada fires up.