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Major changes coming to Canada–Ireland IEC program for 2014

By Stephen Fogarty, Canadian immigration attorney

Montreal panoramic.  Photo copyright Stephen Fogarty.Major changes are coming to the International Experience Canada (IEC) program for Irish nationals aged 18 to 35. The overall quota is rising from 6,350 to 10,700 places for 2014 with two new participation categories coming open. Read More »

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Let’s welcome a new wave of young Irish to Montreal!

By Stephen Fogarty

A new wave of talented young citizens of Ireland aged 18 to 35 will be coming to Canada starting in April and May under the latest incarnation of the Working Holiday Program (WHP) through the International Experience Canada initiative between Canada and Éire, the Republic of Ireland.

The quota of places available to Irish nationals for Canada jumped by 1,000 up to 6,350 for 2013.  Even with this increase, demand was extremely high.  The WHP opened on-line at 3:30 P.M. Dublin time on January 29th, and less than 36 hours later, the quota was met.   On February 1st, Canadian officials announced that they would permit an over-subscription to allow for possible cancellations and refusals among the pool of applicants, but the demand continued to be so high that no new applications were permitted starting February 4th.  This situation contrasts sharply with the 2012 program which took until May 28th to fill the then 5,350 places. Read More »

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Stephen Fogarty appointed as
Honorary Legal Advisor to the Embassy of Ireland in Canada

Fogarty Law Firm is pleased to announce that the Irish Ambassador, His Excellency Dr Ray Bassett, has appointed Stephen J. Fogarty, member of the Bar of Quebec and of the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario), to the post of Honorary Legal Advisor to the Embassy of Ireland in Canada.  The appointment took place in Ottawa on 6th March 2013 at the offices of the Embassy.

Irish Ambassador to Canada Dr Ray Bassett signs appointment documents for Stephen Fogarty as Honorary Legal Advisor to the Embassy

Irish Ambassador to Canada Dr Ray Bassett signs appointment documents for Stephen Fogarty as Honorary Legal Advisor to the Embassy

Mr Fogarty will be providing advice to the Ambassador on a wide range of legal issues. Read More »

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Rachmaninov’s 3rd rocks Montreal’s Maison symphonique

Rachmaninov’s 3rd rocks Montreal’s Maison symphoniqueBy Stephen Fogarty

When the soloist was sitting down on Saturday night, I said to my concert companion, “He looks strong enough to break the piano!”  The soloist in question was Denis Matsuev and I would not be surprised to learn that he was also a judoka on the Russian Olympic Team.

So considering pure physicality, we knew we were in strong hands to perform what many claim to be the most demanding of all piano concertos, Rachmaninov’s 3rd.  This piece includes many forceful passages with the piano and orchestra playing simultaneously, as well as a number of dialogues between piano and orchestra sections, especially the brass.  You simply won’t hear the piano most of the time unless it is played vigorously. Also much of the piano’s work is set at a very fast pace.  The whole thing has the serious potential of flying apart in all directions. Read More »

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2013 brings important changes to Canadian Working Holiday Program for Irish citizens

By Stephen Fogarty

Montreal, December 13, 2012

2013 brings important changes to Canadian Working Holiday Program for Irish citizens

On-line applications are expected to open in January for the 2013 International Experience Canada / Working Holiday Program for Irish citizens aged 18 to 35 wishing to visit and work in Canada.  The launch date was to have been January 15th.  That has now been delayed due to administrative reasons since the entire application process is slated to be handled by officials inside Canada for the first time.  As in the past, successful applicants will receive their acceptance by email authorizing them to request their Open Work Permit upon arrival in Canada.

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