Skilled Foreign Nationals Preferring Canada Over United States

by Mansi Sahai Published on 06/Aug/2022
Skilled Foreign Nationals Preferring Canada Over United States

Every year, over 10,000 U.S. residents and citizens move towards north to settle down in Canada for better quality of life and employment opportunities for various fundamental reasons.

Canada has an efficient Immigration System

An entirely merit-based immigration system of Canada is indeed a benchmark for all other developed nations who seek to welcome skilled foreign nations to contribute to their economies. Today, whether it's an individual with an engineering degree or with a Master's degree; they exactly know what is needed to qualify for Canada's permanent residency.

Whereas, amidst on-off H-1B visa program in USA and other complicated migration programs combined with a slow processing time, the United States now offer less opportunities for skilled workers living abroad.

Canada's perfect combination of Federal and Provincial

In the USA, states don’t have any participation in determining eligibility of applicants for skilled immigration. Thus, California or Florida don’t have their own immigration programs to select skilled individuals and fulfill labor market needs within the state.

Whereas, Canada's localized setup provide equal right to Federal and provincial governments to setup their specific immigration programs. Therefore, the provinces in Canada have unique programs called Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) for different immigration categories, including:

  • Skilled workers
  • Semi-skilled workers
  • International graduates
  • Francophones
  • Tech workers
  • Healthcare workers

Each PNP has different streams with clear selection criteria, predictable ranking system and transparent selection system.

Immigration Route for International Students

Overseas admissions have rose to significant levels in Canada in past 3 years, thanks to Canada's excellent education system and plethora of opportunities for recent graduates, like a PGWP (Post-Graduate Work Permit). It help recent graduates gain relevant Canadian work experience and understand Canada's work culture.  With Canadian work experience and past study, PGWP holders can qualify to apply for Canada PR Visa via Express Entry's Canadian Experience Class.


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