Trending: H-1B Canada options. During former US President Donald Trump’s tenure in office Canada immigration programs received heightened attention from highly skilled foreign workers and professionals who were frustrated from the high H-1B rejection rate resulting from his immigration policy. The momentum to Canada of skilled workers denied or seeking US H-1B visa will continue under President Joe Biden even with a likely more liberal post-Trump immigration policy, as global skilled workers have now discovered that Canada offers an attractive immigration alternative to the US for skilled workers.
The rejection rate for H-1B visa applications has been on the rise in the United States under Trump, and highly skilled foreign workers who depend on them have already been turning to Canada in search of hope, stability and new opportunities.
The H-1B program provides a pathway to permanent residence for highly specialized foreign workers in the U.S., many of whom work for large American tech companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook.
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The number of applications filed each year reaches well into the hundreds of thousands and only 85,000 H-1B visas are awarded annually. After taking office, former U.S. President Donald Trump pressed for increased scrutiny of the program, which he accused of displacing American workers and undercutting wages.
One H-1B candidate reportedly told Business Insider that he’s been impressed with how advanced Canada’s immigration system is compared to what he’s experienced in the U.S. American media outlets have published stories about highly skilled foreign workers living in the U.S. who have already made the move to Canada or are looking into their Canadian immigration options.
Canada needs skilled workers
Skilled foreign workers like those who are relying on, or applying for, the US H-1B visa are highly prized by Canada’s federal and provincial governments, which have tailored their immigration policies and programs in recent years to facilitate the entry of such workers. See Canada’s top 15 in-demand immigrant skilled works.
There is a shortage of labour in Canada, particularly in certain skilled fields. Canadians are retiring at a fast pace especially among the baby boomer generation (i.e. people born between the years of about 1946 and 1965), leading to an anticipated labor shortage which the government is ready to mitigate by hiring immigrants. It is forecasted that by 2024, one in five Canadians will likely be 65 or older. Consequently Canadian federal government and provincial/territorial governments are actively seeking foreign workers and professionals to help grow their domestic workforce.
It is the perfect time to take advantage of Canada’s increasing demand for foreign skilled workers. The government of Canada has outlined how it will make immigration the cornerstone of Canada’s plan to get the economy moving again and accelerate recovery from the devastating economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. In October 2020, the government of Canada announced dramatic increases to Canada’s immigration levels for 2021 to 2023, to boost its economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. Canada aims to welcome more than 1.2 million newcomers between 2021 and 2023: 401,000 newcomers in 2021, another 411,000 in 2022, and 421,000 in 2023.
In the Fall Economic Statement released on November 30, 2020, the government noted that Canada’s immigration intake, the most important source of Canada’s population and labour force growth, has been severely disrupted by travel restrictions and application delays due to COVID-19. See Canada to spend Millions on immigration to spark economic recovery.
Many Canadian immigration pathways select immigration candidates using points-based systems that reward education, English language proficiency and skilled work experience, among other factors, leaving many H-1B candidates well-positioned to pursue Canadian permanent residence as a result.
Canada’s Express Entry system is a case in point. Introduced in 2015 to manage the federal pool of high-skilled immigration candidates, Express Entry awards points for factors including language, education, age and skilled work experience through its Comprehensive Ranking System, or CRS. H-1B visa candidates are potentially suitable for Canadian permanent residency via any of the three Express Entry economic immigration programs:
Canada’s Express Entry immigration system is competitive. Only a limited number of candidates with the highest CRS points in the pool are issued Invitations to Apply (ITAs) for Canadian permanent residence through regular draws which typically take place every two weeks. A candidate’s CRS score is based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French.
Based on your personal information you will be given a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score. Your CRS is a numerical value, out of a possible 1,200, determined by your core human capital. This is essentially your age, work experience, educational background, ability to adapt and language skills.
Once your profile has been completed and your CRS has been calculated, you will be placed into a pool of candidates ranked by their CRS score. Find out if you are potentially eligible to enter the Express Entry pool. The Canadian federal government and the provincial and territorial governments regularly draws candidates from this pool to issue ITAs based on particular needs and shortages in the country or provinces.
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)
Canada also has a network of provincial nominee programs, or PNPs, each with a variety of streams that are tailored to local labour market priorities in its respective province or territory. With these programs Canada’s provincial and territorial governments are able to nominate individuals to reside in the province/territory as permanent residents in order to meet their economic needs.
Candidates who have created a profile in the federal Express Entry system AND have also applied for and received a nomination from a province’s PNP, are awarded an additional 600 points toward their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score at the federal level, on top of the points that they have in the federal Express Entry pool. The additional 600 CRS points virtually guarantee that the candidate will also receive an invitation to apply for Canadian permanent residence under the federal Express Entry system. Create your federal Express Entry profile.
Furthermore, many PNP streams also do not require a job offer in order to be eligible for a nomination for Canadian permanent residence.
Temporary Work Permits
There are also a number of 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 H-1B holders specializing 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.