Workers on Longford’s farms are being called to look into employment opportunities in Canada, after a leading migration agent has said Canadian provinces are willing to give permanent residency to farmers who are willing to buy land or buy into an existing farming business.
There are also other employment opportunities in Canada for those with qualifications in welding, carpentry, plumbing, plant machinery drivers, diesel mechanics and several other fields according to VisaFirst.com.
VisaFirst.com say that the demand is now so great for certain skills that Canada is competing with Australia for an Irish workforce.
Edwina Shanahan, migration expert with VisaFirst.com commented, “I would estimate that 6000 Canadian work permits will be granted to Irish skilled professionals this year matching the Australian demand for the Irish skilled workforce.
“Currently, we are seeing a run on Irish workers as Australian and Canadian employers compete for the Irish skilled workforce. This news will be of interest to many people in Longford– whether they are farmers, truck mechanics, logistics professionals or any of the other trades that are listed as being high demand in Canada at present.”
However, VisaFirst.com say that the cap has been reached for 11 occupations to be considered for skilled migration visa applications this year in Canada. They include hospitality managers, business services management, biologists and related scientists, architects, specialist physicians, GPs, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and social workers.
There are a number of different agencies offering assistance for Irish people seeking visas abroad, and like most things, it is advisable to shop around.