Canberra – The Australian Immigration and Citizenship Department has reported a substantial decline in the number of Irishmen applying for working holiday visas to Australia.
According to the agency’s report, the record fell more than 28 percent compared to last year’s figures. However, the number of those seeking second year visas increased by 33 percent. Working holiday visas are normally valid for one year.
The agency also said that based on its record in December 2012, there were more than 150,000 Irish in the country who were working holiday visa holders.
Australia is ranked as the world’s fifth most popular country in terms of working holidays, following Germany, U.K, South Korea and Taiwan.
Further, the agency also observed that there was an increased grant last year of employer-sponsored visas to Irish migrants which was about 18 percent.
The Immigration and Citizenship Department further said that Western Australia is a favorite destination of Irish migrants with 1,410 people who came for jobs while New South Wales is listed next at 1,010 immigrants. Irish immigrants were also recorded to be present in Queensland and Victoria, numbering about a thousand, followed by Tasmania, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, and
Immigrants from Ireland often land jobs in Australia due to a great demand for skilled workers. Depending on some requirements, a skilled worker may be issued a visa provided he has a job offer and his skills are highly needed. The working holiday visa is available to applicants who are between 18 and 30 years old.