With the rejection rate for H-1B visa applications in the United States, highly skilled foreign workers are turning to Canada in search of stability and new opportunities.
Recently American media has been publishing numerous articles and revealing cases about highly skilled foreign workers living in the U.S. who have already moved to Canada or are looking into their Canadian immigration options. Here are the most popular ones:
The skilled foreign workers like those who rely on the H-1B visa are highly prized by Canada’s federal and provincial governments. Express Entry is a points-based system that rewards education, English language proficiency and skilled work experience, among other factors. That actually makes many H-1B candidates well-positioned to pursue Canadian permanent residence as a result. Also, in order to be eligible for Canadian PR through Express Entry, a job offer from a Canadian employer is not required.
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)
Canada also has a network of provincial nominee programs, each with a variety of streams that are tailored to local labour market priorities in its province or territory. Many of PNP streams also employ points-based approaches to selecting immigration candidates that reward proficiency in English, education and skilled work experience.
Temporary Work Permits
There are also some temporary work permit options for skilled foreign workers with a job offer from a Canadian employer. Canada’s Global Talent Stream is one example of an increasingly popular work permit program that has been used to bring professionals in IT or STEM-related occupations to Canada on an expedited basis. Canadian employers can obtain a work permit in as little as 10 days through the Global Talent Stream, which was introduced as a pilot program in 2017 and the Government of Canada is now moving to make permanent.
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