Huge demand for working visas to relocate overseas
WITH THE ‘BRAIN DRAIN’ continuing to see young qualified professionals forced to leave the country in search of work abroad, the demand for working visas has not been as high for many years.
Irish visa processing company VisaFirst.com Marketing Manager Edwina Shanahan told The Wicklow People this week that in the past year their offices have arranged for 18,500 Irish people to travel to Australia with a vast amount of others choosing to travel to Canada, New Zealand and the US.
‘There are many people who look to the UK and Poland as a visa is not necessary within the EU. Those seeking work in the construction industry especially choose these countries. However, others seek sponsorship visas where they acquire a job offer before they apply and can work in that country as long as the same employer has work for them.’
According to Ms. Shanahan, VisaFirst.com started to notice the effects of the recession at the end of 2008. ‘We noticed an increased demand for visas from those out of work in the construction industry who left before the crash. At this time about 50 per cent of those attending monthly information nights were construction workers. Now we are meeting engineers, architects, teachers, nurses and dentists.’
Many people are looking to countries like Poland and the United Kingdom as visas are not necessary within the EU.