AMENDMENT TO THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF IRELAND CONCERNING A WORKING HOLIDAY PROGRAMME OF 8 MAY 2003
THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF IRELAND, hereinafter referred to as "the Parties",
WISHING to amend the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Canada and the Government of Ireland concerning a Working Holiday Programme (the "MOU"), signed at Dublin on 8 May 2003 and arnended on 5 October 2012,
HAVE REACHED the following understanding:
1. The fifth paragraph of the introduction of the MOU, starting with "Wishing to provide arrangements ..." will be replaced with:
- "Intending to facilitate access to exchanges that enable youth to gain a better understanding of the other country's languages, culture and society through a travel, work and life experience abroad,
- Intending to encourage youth mobility for the purpose of enhancing the personal and professional development of participating youth,".
2. The following section will be added between the introduction of the MOU and the section titled "Responsibilities of the Government of Canada":
"Categories of Eligible Citizens
The Parties will consider the following Canadian and Irish citizens to be eligible to benefit from the application of this MOU:
- Citizens, including post-secondary graduates, who intend to obtain salaried work experience in the host country under a pre-arranged contract of employment in support of their career development;
- Registered students of a post-secondary institution in their home country who intend to fulfill part of their academic curriculum in the host country by completing a pre-arranged work placement related to their field of studies; and,
- Citizens who intend to travel in the host country and obtain temporary employment to supplement their financial resources."
3. The following sub-paragraphs will be added after sub-paragraphs "(x) are prepared to pay ... " of sections "Responsibilities of the Government of Canada" and "Responsibilities of the Government of Ireland", respectively:
"(xi) provide, as the case may be:
- Documentation proving that they have obtained a pre-arranged contract of employment in the host country in support of their career development, and that they have either a diploma, a training certificate or professional experience of at least twelve months during the last three years; or
- Documentation proving that they are registered at a post-secondary institution in their home country and that they have obtained a pre-arranged work placement related to their field of study in the host country to fulfill part of their academic curriculum; or
- Confirmation that their intention is to travel in the host country and work temporarily to supplement their financial resources."
4. The following paragraphs will be added immediately under the section titled "General provisions for applicants and participants":
- "The Parties understand that the maximum stay under this MOU will continue to be 24 months.
- The Parties understand that eligible citizens under sub-paragraph (i) of the section "Categories of Eligible Citizens" may benefit from the same stay of 24 months as eligible citizens do under sub-paragraph (iii) of the same section.
- The Parties understand that the category of eligible citizens under sub-paragraph (ii) of section "Categories of Eligible Citizens" may benefit from a maximum stay of 12 months.
- The Parties may extend the maximum duration of stays to 36 months if one of the stays is for an internship under sub-paragraph (ii) of section "Categories of Eligible Citizens".
- The Parties understand that stays may be continuous or discontinuous and that the categories available to Canadian and Irish citizens may be carried out in any order."
5. The following paragraph will be added to the section titled "General provisions for either of the Parties" after the sentence beginning with, "The Canada/Ireland Working Holiday Programme ...":
- "Each Party will use its best efforts to facilitate, under the provisions of this MOU, the procedures whereby qualified citizens of the other country may enter and remain temporarily in its territory."
6. All other dispositions of the MOU will remain unchanged.
7. This Amendment will take effect immediately upon its signature by both Parties.
SIGNED in duplicate at Ottawa, this 6 day of March 2014, in the English and French languages, each version being equally valid.