Top Reasons why Skilled Professionals choose Canada over the US

by Mansi Sahai Published on 01/Dec/2022
Immigrate to Canada over USA

Canada truly believes that it is built by immigrants and welcomes newcomers with open arms. 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.

Here are the top fundamental reasons as to why skilled immigrants prefer to immigrate to Canada over the USA.

Highly Efficient Immigration System

Canada's merit-based immigration system is a benchmark for all other developed nations seeking to welcome skilled foreign nations to contribute to their economies. 

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.

There is no harm in stating that Canada immigration system is much easier and straight-forward and helped Canada achieve a leading position among skilled workers.

A 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 doesn'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 immigrant 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 (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.

Top Pathways to Immigrate to Canada

There are a lot of pathways through which you can move to Canada permanently but the most popular ones include the federal Express Entry system and Provincial Nominee Program for their fast-track visa processing. 

Express Entry System

It's a fast-track application management and processing system designed the IRCC to manage following economic class immigration programs:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program 
  • Canadian Experience Class

Provincial Nominee Program (PNPs)

PNPs are designed with an aim to address provincial labour market needs and shortages. There are a total of 11 Canadian provinces and territories that run their unique PNPs. Each one has its own PNP streams and selection criteria.

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