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15 January 2010
The current economic recession has created an exceptional demand for working holiday schemes in Canada aimed at the under 35 year olds. The dire economic climate has seen some of the best and brightest packing their bags in the hope of being able to stay on after the working holiday and find a longer term temporary or permanent position in the country.
Seona Mac Reamoinnn of specialist travelling agency USIT told the Irish Times "we filled the 1,000 places for the under 35 working holiday scheme within two days of them going on offer. The waiting list is still open but we don't want to create false expectations for people."
There is also a student and under 25 year olds working holiday scheme, which opened on Tuesday and equally has a limit of 1,000 places.
Canada's ambassador to Ireland, Patrick Binns, said the Canadian government was considering whether to offer more working holiday visas this year to Irish applicants in light of the high demand. "Last year we started off with 2,000 visas for students and under 25s but we were able to get an additional 500 visas later", the ambassador explained.