Since the fast track processing of the H-1B visa has been suspended by the new US administration, numerous international skilled workers are left hanging! Technological and other companies in Canada have come up with a beneficial alternative. These skilled workers can now be a part of the Canadian labor market, and be a worker or a PR. The Canadian government has extended many opportunities and ways for workers to make Canada their home.
Until now, skilled workers could apply for the H-1B visa in the U.S and pay $1,000 USD for a fast track processing, which takes 15 days or is refunded. But now, this system was suspended for 6 months to a year. Also, this system was lottery based and the number of applicants has been significantly growing over the years. On March 9, the Government of Canada announced that the country will soon start a 2-week processing time for skilled worker applicants. It is said to be in operation from June 12, 2017. It is believed to be a prosperous turn for Canadian companies to bring in skilled workers and this quick and efficient processing will be highly effective. The best part is, employer specific work permits are not based on a lottery system and anyone with the right documents can hope to make it purely based on merit and skills.
The recent political, economic and social changes within the US have significantly increased the number of US residents showing an interest in permanent immigration to Canada. Foreign skilled workers in the US with a valid H-1B visa and workers who were hoping to get their H-1B visa are now turning to Canada for better and secure options.
Applicants who hold a H-1B visa have the experience and skills of working in the US market, have a proven English ability and their resumes are impressive. Getting such people in the Canadian market is sure to be of advantage and an asset. Eligible H-1B holders can also benefit from Canada’s express entry immigration under the Federal Skilled Worker Class. While an applicant can apply without a job offer, having one gives more credit points. This means, eligible applicants can hope to make a career in Canada before the end of 2017!
That’s not all, the numerous Provincial Nominee Programs are other effective ways for hopeful immigrants to move to Canada and enjoy a good career and life.