I will update this post from time to time as i am doing each step for the iec visa, just scroll down the page to find each new step ….
Hi all, names Edel and hopefully this blog will cover every aspect of applying for a Canadian visa. I want to make a step by step guide for...
When moving to Canada, or any new city and looking for a job it’s often about who you know, which can make the job hunt for newcomers more difficult. Time to get networking!
Networking can be fun; it’s about creating relationships including friendships. Networking is essentially about communicating; emailing, making phone calls, sending thank you notes, attending trade shows, industry conferences etc.
LinkedIn is a very powerful networking tool, especially when looking for a new job. Make sure your profile is up to date and most importantly that you have a professional profile picture. When inviting someone to connect with you, always...
Canadian Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, visits Ireland.
At the beginning of this month, the Minister made a European visit to address migration issues. Stops included Hungary, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Ireland where appearances included at the Working Abroad Exposition and on the Late Late show with Ryan Tubridy (available to view on the RTE online player)
In an agreement signed October 5th between Eamon Gilmore and Minister Kenney a total of 6,350 visas will be available to Irish people in 2013, up from 5, 350 this year. In 2014 the figure will rise to 2014. Changes were also announced...
This event is on this Friday (18th August) in the Elephant and Castle
We will have music by the O’Mortley’s and a raffle. Also there is a competition on Facebook for five free tickets, enter by 10am tomorrow morning. Follow the link here to enter
Should be a great night
You might have read recently that the 2012 quota for Canadian working holiday permits for Irish passport holders is now full. All 5,350 of them. So, if you were one of the lucky ones to get your hands on one, then this blog post might be of some use to you. From tips on how important it is to wear the same colour socks without any holes (don’t worry, it’s explained below) to how best to find a job, there’s something for everyone!
I lived in Toronto for two years so the blog mainly focuses on that city. I enjoyed it and made lots of friends including many Irish. Some are still there while others came home as it just wasn’t for them....
So you are an Irish nurse you wants to work in Canada. Well first of all the bad news. Be prepared to wait. Nothing moves fast in Canada especially when it comes to dealing with the public sector. It will take around a year before you are a fully qualified nurse in Canada.
Now the good news. With a bit of help from us in here at IrishAlien.com you could be working in much less time than that. And when you are finally working finding a job won’t be a problem as they seems to be plenty jobs available at the moment.
When you arrive you’ll have to do an immigration medical which takes 3 months to process. This is not part of the...
The Irish Canadian Immigration Centre was established in January 2012 to assist in meeting the needs of newly arrived Irish immigrants to Canada by offering outreach and information on areas such as employment, accommodation, social services and immigration.
We have been up and running since January 9th. Our grand opening took place on March 17th with a visit from An Tánaiste Eamonn Gilmore TD, His Excellency Ray Bassett Irish Ambassador to Canada, and the Honourable Jason Kenney Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Canada.
We are a national organization reaching out to newcomers across Canada and those in Ireland...
Finding a place to rent in Toronto can be a real pain in the arse. We had no idea how good we had it back in Ireland with Daft.ie. Here in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), there is nothing even close to it. Instead of having one convenient, popular and modern website, Torontonians are stuck trawling through no less than 6 sites, all of which are confusing, incomplete and rougher than a whiskey hangover. It’s exhausting, frustrating, and no matter how long you search, you leave feeling like you still haven’t seen everything available.
I experienced this first hand when I moved to Toronto last year. The house hunt was a...
In the words of Bonnie Tyler “Where have all the good men gone?”. Well the answer it seems is mainly to the UK and Australia. Although personally I believe the really good men have gone to Canada.
Using this fantastic interactive graphic from Locus Insight we can very easily see where Irelands Emigrants have gone to in the last 6 years.
Some interesting facts from the graphic
In 2011, 7 people a minute left Ireland
In 2006, 2285 people emigrated to Canada
In 2011 that number jumped to 5779
The most popular countries to emigrate to are the UK and Australia
Since 2006 the number of people emigrating each year has more than...
As luck would have it, this year St Patrick’s Day falls on a Saturday and, as such, the party starts at 11am! St. Party’s Day will be the place to be this St. Paddy’s Day, as this indoor/outdoor event includes a heated tent outside the St. Lawrence Market stretching from King Street to Front Street, some of the country’s best live bands inside the St. Lawrence Market’s north building, Irish Imposters and some of the city’s hottest DJs.
You can choose from one of three arrival times and pre-buy your ticket online so you don’t miss out. Not a bad idea on a day where everywhere is sure to be packed.
Barbara Deignan and her boyfriend Cian McDevitt moved to Toronto just over a year ago, and have made a short film about the Irish diaspora, capturing “the fears and hopes of those calling the city their new home”.
DIASPORA was screened at the Toronto Irish Film Festival over the weekend, and received a huge response from recently arrived emigrants and older, more settled Irish who said they would have loved to have seen a film like this when they first landed in the city to remind them that they were not alone.
DIASPORA from Barbara on...
Come join us for a guaranteed spot (and no standing in line before 7.30pm) on March 16th at Grace O’Malley’s to kick off the St.Patrick’s Day weekend in style!
For all the newcomers to Toronto, St. Patrick’s weekend is THE biggest event in Toronto’s calendar, with massive line-ups at every pub, and especially the Irish ones!
So the Young Leaders at the Ireland Fund of Canada have this amazing deal with Grace O’Malley’s, where you can pre-book your spot, avoid those long lines and have a nice free drink waiting for you inside!
Check out the poster for info, and...