Migrating to Canada from India has gained immense popularity in the past years. Both skilled and semi-skilled workers are eager to get a Canadian Permanent Residency. It is very surprising to see how the interest of a large crowd shifted in just a few years of time.
According to the year-end reports of 2017 and 2018, Indians received the highest number of invitations to Canada. Furthermore, In the year 2018, the government declares to have a 51% rise (from the previous year) in the number of Indians getting permanent residency in Canada.
In detail, Canada admitted 92,231 new permanent entry residents through its express entry system in 2018. Indians took 43% of the overall intake, followed by Nigeria (6,653 people admitted) and China (5,885).
How is it to Live and Work in Canada as an Indian?
A few years ago, America was recognized to be the ultimate migrant destination. On the other hand, Canada seldom got any global attention. In addition, the application selection process for a PR was slow and lengthy. There were not many pathways or larger quotas.
Employers who needed foreign workers did not have many options instead to choose temporary pathways. But all of these did not solve the skilled labour scarcity. That is why the country continued to evolve its migration policies and the Express Entry system was created to select the PR applicants fairly.
In 2018, America welcomed the era of Trump. Now the mighty government solely exists for the Americans born in the country or the Green-card holders, who managed to get in the safe zone. With the call of “Buy American and Hire American” the H1B visa process has become riskier for migrants.
Thus the migrant flow is now diverted to Canada, which was often talked as a cold country, not suitable for people from a warm country like India. There were many whispers and rumours. But now, it is proven to be the country with the most opportunities and offerings. Let’s not forget that Canadians are migrant-friendly.
Canada’s friendly stance toward the new residents has set a beautiful example with the favourable immigration policies, settlements and citizenship advantages. But that’s not the only reason for the migrant flow. It is been decades that Europe has taken an anti-migrant stance. Then suddenly, we heard the UK government decided to close its door for permanent residency hopers. Next in line is Australia, that may not stop migrant intake but has restricted the process to an extent to shrink the crowd.
Canada’s technology sector is a major economic driver. Thanks to the country’s strategy development, investments and innovations, cities like Toronto has outperformed San Francisco and New York in terms of technology growth. As a result, many tech companies are turning their investment tides to Canada, also the international students seeking good higher education.
What Should We Expect in Future?
In Jan 2019, the Canadian Parliament announced multi-year immigration plan and revealed that it would welcome more than one million new permanent residents in the next three years, approximately 350,000, each year. In this regard, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says, in certain regions the hunger for workers is huge. This plan is making us very competitive in the global market. It enables us to continue to be competitive, it enables us to continue to present Canada as a welcoming country and to position us to continue to be (a leader) in skills attraction.
But as you know we are approaching the October election. If a new government comes to power, we may see a few changes in the rules and policies. But the migrant intake won’t stop any time soon. Canada needs immigrants, you should never doubt this over-analyzed fact. Due to the ageing population, the country needs skilled replacements in the labour market. If you have the skill that Canada seeks, you have the highest chances of getting a PR in 2019.
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