With a 12% denial rate for H-1B petitions in the United States under the Trump administration, Indian-born professionals might need to wait years before obtaining permanent residence in the US. However, with many American and Indian technology companies opening affiliate offices in Canada, this has made it ideal for professionals to consider the alternative.
Motivated by restrictive immigration policies under the US administration, the number of Indians granted permanent residence in Canada has increased by 105% since 2019. In fact, given the current trends, Indian engineers and scientists are more likely to seek the ‘Great White North’ as an attractive option to build their careers and raise a family.
While thousands of Indians are facing the challenges of waiting for indefinite periods on temporary L1 and H1B permits in the United States, the lure of high US dollar incomes and demand for skilled professionals is strong. However, many continue to live and work on extended work permits with the uncertainty of well-paid jobs that match their skills and education.
Since 2019, Indians have been the largest community per ‘country’ to receive express entry and other categories of skilled immigrant visas in Canada. Being from a welfare state with easy access to healthcare and education, the number of Indians who became permanent Canadian residents has increased from 39,340 to 85,000 since 2020, according to the National Foundation for American Policy analysis of Immigration.
With the help of an immigration lawyer, Indians can seek the proper resources on how to pursue permanent residence. According to Peter Rekai, founder of the Rekai LLP Toronto-based Immigration law firm, another factor is the ability to attract foreign students at high levels. As the number of international students increases by 20% every year, Canada makes it easy for students to transition to work after graduation, ultimately, creating an ideal path towards permanent residence.
Another factor that is attracting skilled workers to Canada is how much easier the process is for immigrants. Toronto and other Canadian cities employ professionals much more easily than the US H-1B visa holders. Based on the Canadian government’s Global Skills Strategy, the adjudicators approve applications within 14 days, with low denied applications.
As more Indians who have been hoping to relocate remain optimistic, more candidates are sure to make the Canadian dream a part of their future plans. And with 47% of all express entry invitations being to Indian people, it is safe to claim success in the express entry programme.
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