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Canada's Delay in Visa Causes Outcry in Seoul
Many Applicants for Working Holiday Visa Frustrated
New Canadian Ambassador to Seoul Ted Lipman

There are a growing number of complaints by local applicants against the Canadian Embassy in Seoul's dragging its feet in announcing the 2010 finalists for working holiday visas in Canada, reported a local daily on Feb. 15, 2008.

The mass-circulation JoongAng Ilbo reported it its Feb. 15 edition that the Canadian Embassy delayed the announcement twice already, incurring lots of grumblings from the local Korean applicants for working holiday visas in Canada.

The embassy has been in the process of evaluating the eligibility of applicants' visas since Jan. 7, 2008.

It was supposed to announce the result of the visa eligibility on Jan. 23, 2008.

The daily continued to report that a growing number of Canadian visa applicants are leaving letters of complaint on the bulletin board of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade's website.

One letter says that a lot of Koreans lost faith in Canada as it failed to deliver its promise. Many are demanding an official apology from the embassy.

For some applicants, their life schedule is being damaged because of the Canadian Embassy's dillydallying attitude.

"How could the embassy damage my life like this, I even quit my job because of this working holiday opportunity," says another letter.

They are clamoring for the Korean government to be involved in this problem.

According to the daily, as of Feb. 14, 2008 the embassy just wrote on its website that the announcement will soon be made. But it failed to provide the specific date.

Working holiday programs in Canada are very popular among the local people who want to seize the two goals of both practicing English and making some money at the same time. Correspondingly, the competition is fierce.

Last year, there were 2,300 applicants for the
working holiday programs in Canada, and only 800 were turned out to be successful ones.






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