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Here you’ll find top tips for working holidaymakers, our picks for this year’s best tourist destinations, business travel advice & much more



Canadian IEC Program Accepting New Visa Applications From 1 March

The Canadian IEC program has just announced that they will be accepting new visa applications on 1 March, albeit with some restrictions. Typically, the program opens every November. However, this was pushed back due to Covid-19 However, the program – which offers visas to working holidaymakers, young professionals and interns – will be reopening its […]

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2018 was another record breaking year for Canadian tourism

For a second consecutive year, a record number of tourists chose Canada for their holiday destination. A massive 21.13 million travellers visited Canada in 2018 – the first time Canada has topped the 21 million mark. The record numbers have been attributed to a number of different factors. For instance, it’s now easier than ever […]

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Terms of working holiday agreement between Canada and Taiwan amended

Canada and Taiwan have jointly announced an amendment to their mutual working holiday visa agreement. Citizens of the two nations are now able to apply for working holiday visas while in each respective country. Taiwanese nationals can apply for a working holiday visa at any government-authorized visa application centre within Canada. Similarly, Canadian citizens can […]

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Applications for 2019 Canadian Working Holiday programme now being accepted

Considering a big move next year? Perhaps Canada will be your destination of choice. The 2019 International Experience Canada (IEC) programme is now open for applications from young people (aged 18-35) around the world. Approximately 30 countries have a reciprocal work and travel agreement with Canada. Under the Working Holiday programme, citizens can live, work […]

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Cutoff Age Now 35 for Australians On IEC Canada Visa

The cutoff age for Australians applying for the International Experience Canada (IEC) work permit is now 35, compared to 30 previously. The change also works both ways with Canadians now allowed to travel to Australia under the International Experience Canada programme up to the age of 35. The move was welcomed by Whistler Chamber CEO Melissa Pace who said that […]

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Top 10 Cities in the World to Find a Job Opportunity

When considering to move abroad it is important to pay attention to several factors. One of the most important is to find a city where you can find easily a job. Each person has different perspectives and factors to evaluate and prioritize in order to find the right city for his future career. Often people […]

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7,000 Canadian Working Holiday Visas Are Expected in 2017

IEC Programme Application Process 2017 As the Irish economy is improving the willingness to travel overseas in seek of employment has dwindled for many, however, experts at VisaFirst say that while some people no longer feel “forced” to move away, Ireland’s love affair with travel has certainly not gone away and an estimated 5,000 Irish […]

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Canada Needs Young and Qualified Workforce

Canadian economy The Canadian economy is one of the leading economies globally. The country holds the 10th place in the top economies and is member of G7. The leading sectors of the Canadian economy are logging and oil industry. The entire economy is described as service-driven or in other words, ¾ of the workforce is […]

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What is the Best Country to Live in as an Expat?

Ever imagined what it would be like to live in another country? We’ve all been there! But moving abroad can be a life-changing and tricky decision. There is a lot to consider before emigrating, and with the world at your feet, where do you choose to go, and which is the best country for expats? […]

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Update on the Canadian Provincial Nominee Programs

Alberta The Alberta Nominee program announced they will not accept new applications before 27 January 2016. The pause in processing new applications will ensure current applications are assessed on time. Alberta has been granted 5,500 nominations for 2015 by the Federal Government. As of September, Alberta has issued 3900 nominations. British Columbia No more applications […]

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