20 April 2014

Canada visa changes to ease entry for young Irish

08:34, Post Reporter

Changes to visa acceptance criteria in 2013 will make it significantly easier for young Irish people seeking permanent residency in Canada, according to Visafirst, which specialises in organising working visas.

The organisation says Canada needs project managers, structural engineers, welders, estimators, diesel mechanics, carpenters and various other trades.

Visafirst said one of the most significant changes planned in Canada was to make language the most important selection factor when processing visas.

There will also be an increased emphasis on younger immigrants, who are more likely to acquire valuable Canadian experience and remain in the workforce longer.

In 2011, 5,340 Irish people went to Canada on working holiday visas while and additional 6,000 travelled there on work permits with job offers.

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