Emigrating from Ireland to Canada



To be able to live and work in Canada as an Irish citizen you will need to start by looking into the visa options available to you. The website of the Canadian Department of Citizenship and Immigration contains the most up to date information on visa and immigration procedures so see

If you between the ages of 18 and 35 and you are thinking of going to Canada on the International Experience Canada (IEC), take a look at In 2016 there are a total of 10,700 visas available on the IEC and these are divided into 3 categories -

  • Working Holiday category (7,700 places)
  • Young Professionals category (2,500 places)
  • International Co-op category (500 places)

Start by using the online eligibility tool (see: ) to find out if you are eligible for the IEC by answering a series of questions. If you are eligible, you can then create a a free online IEC profile at find out more about the read our information leaflet 'Applying for the International Experience Canada in 2018'.

You can also read 'What is Canada like? 101 answers from Irish emigrants' which contains useful advice from previous particiapants of the International Experience Canada. 


Get Support

Irish Canadian support organisations are a good way to find out more about your chosen location, socialise and some can also assist with immigration information if you are considering a longer stay. We have put together a list of these at


Further  Information

Our ‘Going to Canada’ booklet is a little outdated but will give you an overview of the sort of things to consider if you are thinking of going to Canada. In addition, the Irish Times Abroad have put together an excellent destination guide for Canada, which is available at

The useful links below will also help you to find up to date information to help you plan your move to Canada.


Useful Contacts

Canadian High Commission Immigration Section
38 Grosvenor Street, London W1K 4AA
Tel: +44 207 258 6699

Postal address for paper Work Permit and Study Permit applications placed from Ireland:

Canada Visa Application Centre in London
The Battleship Building
179 Harrow Road
London W2 6NB

Helpline number: +44 (0) 203 6086 880
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Useful Links

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