Huge de­mand for work­ing visas to re­lo­cate over­seas

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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.

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