Thousands of Canadian work permits announced for Irish citizens
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Thousands of new work permits for young Irish citizens hoping to head to Canada have been released.
The employment permissions, available to Irish people between the ages of 18 and 35, are divided into three categories: Working Holiday permits, Young Professionals permits and, for those who have gotten an Internship, International 'Co-Op' permits.
According to the website moving2Canada.com, which offers advice and support to those looking to work in Canada, the exact number of visas available has not been announced yet.
However, they are expected to be similar to last year, where Irish candidates were allocated 10,700 work permits.
The Working Holiday and Young Professionals work permits last for up to two years, while the International Co-Op work permits last for up to 12 months.
The permits are provided as part of 2018's International Experience Canada initiative, a reciprocal program between Canada and more than 30 countries which allows young people to live and work abroad.
The IEC participation fees have risen to $150 CDN (€101) for 2018 and the program opened for all participating countries on November 3.
Up until 2015, the visas were issued on a first-come, first-serve basis.
But changes introduced the following year meant that applicants could submit their profile at their own pace, and candidates would be asked to complete their application at random.
The same system, which applies to all three categories of permits, is being used for 2018.
Hopefuls will be required to create the profile, before being accepted into a pool of possible candidates.
Some people who are deemed eligible will be invited to apply for the work permit in draws that will take place in "regular intervals".