Canada welcomes Irish citizens with open arms

February 23, 2018

After leaving in Sydney, Australia for almost nine years, it was more like a home for Siobhán Young. And then one random day, Young received a notice from the Australian government that she had only 28 days to leave Australia. Her world came crashing down because she was living there legally. Her visa was valid, and she paid taxes as well.

So Young tried to find employer sponsorship but couldn’t find any and so, she spent thousands of dollars in fighting against the Australian government to prove it that she deserves permanent residency. Unfortunately, that didn’t work either.

So before heading to Ireland, Young made a quick trip to Vancouver and ended up falling in love with the city. She worked on her profile, and within the next two months, Young was selected through the International Experience Canada.

Another couple months of hard work and Young opened her own business, BC Bia, that provides traditional Irish snacks to shops and bars in Vancouver.

She always dreamt of running her own business but couldn’t do in Australia because of the strict visa rules. It seems like it was meant to be. Young is getting a notice to go back and she going to Vancouver as if it was pre-destined. Young has already found a partner for her, and she is on her path to permanent residency. She said that she feels settled in Canada. Her business is up and running, and she has made many friends there.

Abolishing the 457 visa

Australian PM Turnbill launched the Australian First initiative last year and stopped the 457 visa. It doesn’t make sense for the government to do so when they are suffering from a big tech shortage issue. Young is only one of the many Irish people who left Australia because of the frustrating laws. It looks like Canada is prospering because of Australia, the UK, and the US.

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