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Just 44 out of 2,500 Canadian visas for young professionals claimed

Almost 4,000 working holiday visas were snapped up in less than 10 minutes earlier this month.

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AFTER MORE THAN two weeks, 44 Young Professional visas to Canada have been claimed out a total of 2,500.

This is in stark contrast to the release of the two-year working holiday visas, all 3,850 of which were snapped up in less than 10 minutes.

Young Professional visas require the applicant to have already secured job offers from employers in Canada, while holiday visas do not.

The Canadian government announced earlier this month that they would expand the allocation of Irish visas from 6,350 to 10,700.

However, recruitment agency Moving2Canada is “surprised” at the poor uptake.

“The construction and engineering companies that we work with were very quick to act when presented with engineers, project managers and quantity surveyors from Ireland that do not require any immigration assistance,” founder Ruairi Spillane said.

They are keen to attract more Irish workers.

The company believes that companies have been slow to act on the visas.

Another batch of 3,850 working holidays visas will be released early next month.

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