Last Updated on December 7, 2018
December 7, 2018 – If you are an Indian IT professional working in the USA and considering your future options, you could change your life in 2019 by moving to Canada.
Qualified IT professionals are in high demand in Canada’s economy, and the federal government has shaped immigration policies to make up the shortfall.
Important technology occupations remain unfilled for more than a year in some cases. If you are a qualified and experienced IT professional, the pathway to a Canadian work permit,Canadian permanent residence and Canadian citizenshipis clear.
In this article, we will lay out how we can help you move to Canada, how much you can expect to earn and highlight some of the most difficult to fill technology occupations.
Why Should Indian IT Professionals Move to Canada From The USA?
1) Canada is more immigrant-friendly
Canada is aiming to increase immigration to 350,000 newcomers per year by 2021. The majority of these newcomers will be in the Economic Class, with technology workers among the most in-demand. While Donald Trump clamps down on work visas and green cards in the US, Canada is making it easier for IT professionals to get work permits, with two-week processing via the Global Talent Stream.
2) Canada needs IT professionals
Canada is trying to overcome a shrinking labour force and aging population, and one of the ways it is doing this is through immigration. At the same time, Canada’s economy has changed and the labour force is lacking the IT skills businesses need to grow. This is why Canada is courting Indian IT professionals with fast visa processing and a clear pathway to permanent residence and citizenship.
3) Canada has a quality education system
Canada has several established colleges and universities, as well as a top-quality publicly-funded high school system that rivals the US in terms of quality of education. Tuition fees when it comes to higher education are much lower than the US for international students, and lower again for permanent residents and citizens. Moving your family to Canada from the US could be the best decision you ever made in terms of opportunities for your children.
4) Canada has publicly-funded healthcare
The US has well-documented problems with access to its healthcare system, but there are none of the same issues in Canada. Permanent residents get access to publicly-funded healthcare, and work permit holders can too, depending on certain factors. This represents piece of mind that you and your family will be covered in case of emergency. Here is all you need to know about healthcare for new immigrants.
5) Canada has a safe and secure society
Canada has a democratically-run, safe and secure society with significantly lower crime than the US. By choosing Canada. IT professionals are not just choosing a job, but a whole new quality of life.
How Qualified IT Professionals Can Move to Canada
Qualified IT professionals can come to Canada in two main ways:
- Through applying directly for permanent residence;
- By coming to Canada as a temporary resident on a work permit, before transitioning to permanent residence.
1) Through applying directly for permanent residence
Skilled workers applying directly for permanent residence mainly come through Express Entry.
Canada Express Entry manages the intake of skilled workers to the main federal economic programs, plus certain provincial streams.
Federal Economic Immigration Programs
Candidates wishing to come to Canada through one of these programs must first register a profile in the Express Entry pool.
This profile is given a score against a Comprehensive Ranking System, with the highest scoring profiles receiving an Invitation to Apply in regular draws.
Draws usually happen every two weeks.
There are many ways in which candidates can boost their score while in the Express Entry Pool, including by securing a qualified job offer in Canada, worth 200 or 50 points, depending on the skill level.
Qualified IT professionals are in demand in Canada, meaning the Express Entry system is geared towards accepting them.
What Is Canada’s Top Technology Occupations?
2) By coming to Canada as a temporary resident on a work permit, before transitioning to permanent residence
Increasingly, IT professionals are coming to Canada on a temporary work permit before making the transition to permanent residence.
The federal government launched the Global Talent Stream in June 2017 to specifically target technology occupations.
Candidates with a job offer get their Labour Market Impact Assessment, work permit and Canada visa processed in two weeks if they qualify for the GTS.
It has given Canadian technology start-ups an important advantage when competing for the best overseas hires.
Once candidates are in Canada and working through the GTS – which is operated under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program – they can apply for permanent residence through Express Entry.
Where in Canada Are the Best Salaries for IT Professionals?
Canada is a vast country, with established technology is many of its major cities.
Below are some of the most popular technology jobs with salary information.
1) IT Project Manager
2) Software Developer
3) Database Analyst
4) Java Developer
5) Web Developer
6) Computer Network Technician
7) Business Analyst
Top 10 Canada Occupations for IT Professionals Employers Are Desperate to Fill
Advertisements in the top 10 hardest to fill occupations are consistently live for more than 60 days, showing how employers desperate to get the right people in have to be patient.
If you are qualified in one of these positions, you could move to Canada in a matter of weeks.
Canada’s Hardest to Fill Technology Vacancies
|Job title||NOC Code||Percentage of vacancies open for 60 or more days|
|1||Computer Vision Engineer||2147||56|
|2||Penetration Tester||2147, 2171, 2281||51|
|3||Ruby on Rails Developer||2147, 2171, 2172||43|
|4||Operations Engineer||2141, 2147||41|
|7||Machine Learning Engineer||2132||37|
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