We received a call from a women yesterday looking for information about working in Canada. Like many Irish people over the last year, she was made redundant last year and is looking at possible opportunities outside of Ireland. So after contacting a few different places and searching the Internet, she was no wiser as to whether she might qualify for permanent residency.
First of all, we would like to let everyone know that there is emigration links and information at http://www.irishabroad.com/Irish-World/Expats/Emigration/
Canadian emigration information is located at http://www.irishabroad.com/Irish-World/Expats/Emigration/#CANADA
Work & Live in Canada permanently
Let us first look at people who are looking for permanent work. To live and work in Canada permanently, you must qualify under the permanent resident categories: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/extend-stay.asp#perm
Details about skilled workers can be found at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/index.asp
In order for your application to be eligible for processing, you must either:
Details of what type of skills are eligible are located here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/skilled/apply-who-instructions.asp#list
Work & Live in Canada temporarily
Details about working temporarily in Canada can be found at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/index.asp
Details of who can apply for temprary work can be found at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/apply-who.asp . You will find information on what categories of workers doe not have to apply for a work permit here: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/apply-who-nopermit.asp. Other special categories include: IT workers, live-in care givers, Business.
If the information you are looking for is not in this list, there is a lot of information at the site for Citizenship and Immigration Canada with details on starting a business in Canada, how to bring your family to Canada and much more.
NOTE: IrishAbroad.com is not a immigration expert and is only providing information that they have found on other websites.
For VISAs, IrishAbroad.com has formed a partnership where you can apply for Visas at http://www.link.visafirst.com/irishabroad