With the increase in the rate of rejection of H-1B visa applications in the US, skilled foreign workers depending on the visa are racing to the northern neighbour, Canada for greener pastures.
Recently, stories about the Migration or potential immigration of highly skilled international workers from the States to Canada is being published by a lot of media outlets in the country.
From an H-1B candidate’s conversation with the Business Insider, there was an appreciation and preference towards the Canadian’s immigration system over the US.
The H-1B visa program is designed to pave a permanent residency for the highly skilled international workers in the States. Hundreds of thousands of the applications are filed yearly. However, only 85 000 allocations are given annually.
Since the resumption of President Donald Trump as the President of USA, there has been intense and rigid scrutiny of the visa program, which he believed was displacing the American workers and this has led to more than 10% decline in the approval rate for the applications between 2015 and 2018.
The federal and provincial governments in Canada are greatly appreciative of the skilled workers in their country as such, and they have created a favorable immigration system recently to aid easy entry to the country.
The point-based system is used by a lot of immigration systems in the country to award visa such as English language proficiency, skilled work experience, giving a lot of H-1B candidates the opportunity to gain permanent residence in Canada.
An example is the Express Entry System in Canada. This system was introduced in 2015 to manage the influx of immigrants. Through the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS), it awards points for education, skilled work experience, language, and age. The eligibility for a permanent residency in Canada through the Express Entry does not include a job offer from an employer in the country.
In 2017, Indians got 42% of the total invitations sent through the system, resulting in 32,310 individuals, ranking the country 1st. While U.S nationals were 2% making them 5,820, 7% of the invitations were given to the US residents that year.
Provincial Nominee Programme (PNPs)
This is another system that is associated with aiding in easy immigration workers with respect to the local labor markets in different territories and provinces. It also engages different selection points for education, skilled work experience, and language.
It does not require a job offer as a prerequisite.
Temporary work permit
Also, skilled foreign workers with job offers in Canada can obtain any of the various temporary work permits in the country.
H-1B visa holders and STEM or IT related jobs are brought in using the Global Talent StreamWork permit in Canada.
This is the most popular work permit in the country.
This system was introduced in 2017 as a pilot program, and it takes ten days for processing.
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