Canada releases over 10,000 work permits for Irish citizens

Canada has released 10,700 new work permits for young Irish citizens.

They will be available from tomorrow night for young Irish people aged between 18 and 35.

They include Working Holiday permits, Young Professionals permits, and International 'Co-Op' permits for those who have been granted an internship.

Almost 30,000 people have moved from Ireland to Canada since 2011, and some research has indicated that Canada is where Irish emigrants find the greatest degree of happiness.

Kerryman Ruairi Spillane, is the founder of Moving 2 Canada he is now a Canadian Citizen living in Vancouver after emigrating a decade ago.

He believes it is a land of opportunity.

He said: "There is lots of opportunity, lots of Irish people, especially in Vancouver and Toronto.

"Irish people are doing well, they are simulating well into Canada and they are always very welcome here."

Alan Regan is editor of Move 2 Canada, he says it can be a lengthy process.

He said: "Our advice to people is always to apply early.

"What happens is, every couple of weeks the immigration authorities will invite people to complete their application for their work permit.

By applying early, you are exposed to as many of these draws as possible and that way you have a better chance to receive your permit."

He outlined that in most cases you will not need a job lined up before you get there.

He said: "For the vast majority of work permits that are available you do not need a job lined up before you go over.

"You can move over and find one at your leisure when you arrive.

"For some of the permits, you do need a job lined up, those are called the young professional permits."

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