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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Operational Bulletin 547 – August 30, 2013
Extension of Haiti Special Measures for Work Permits
This Operational Bulletin (OB) instructs officers on the manner in which they would process applications received from Haiti nationals for work permits from within Canada.
It provides an extension to the Haiti Special Measures (HSM). The Haiti Special Measures (HSM) apply to work permits that were set to expire on September 01, 2013.
This OB also replaces OB 468, dated September 01, 2012.
The process of recovery from the devastating Haiti earthquake of January 12, 2010 has been slow. Various additional challenges that keep emerging have hindered the pace of recovery further. Consequently, Haiti nationals, currently in Canada, might need to continue staying on in Canada. In this situation, they would need to obtain work permits to support themselves.
To enable Haiti nationals to support themselves, the authorities have provided an extension to the Haiti Special Measures (HSM) on Labour Market Opinion-exempt work permits. This extension is valid until March 01, 2014. Previous extensions to the Haiti Special Measures (HSM) were valid for the period from:
- January 19, 2011 to September 01, 2011 (OB 264)
- September 01, 2011 to September 01, 2012 (OB 345) and,
- September 01, 2012 to September 01, 2013 (OB 468)
The Procedure for Processing Applications for Work Permits
The authorities have provided an extension of the Haiti Special Measures (HSM) on Labour Market Opinion-exempt work permits. This would enable Haiti nationals to support themselves. The Haiti Special Measures (HSM) would apply to:
- Individuals who were issued a work permit under the previous Haiti Special Measures (HSM) and,
- Haiti nationals who were legally in Canada prior to January 13, 2011 who:
- Are on a temporary status and,
- Are unable to support themselves
In most cases, Haiti nationals would need to submit a Labour Market Opinion (LMO) in addition to a work permit application. This would enable officers to determine whether:
- The job offer is authentic and,
- The employment could have a neutral or positive effect on the labour market in Canada
This is in accordance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR). However, the Minister has approved a public policy under the Haiti Special Measures (HSM). This policy grants an exemption to Haiti nationals from requiring a Labour Market Opinion (LMO).
Under the Haiti Special Measures (HSM) guidelines, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) officers would accept applications from Haiti nationals until March 01, 2014. These applications could be for:
- New work permits or,
- Extension of previously issued work permits
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) officers would not issue work permits for more than six months under these measures. Additionally, they would not consider any application received after March 01, 2014 eligible for the Haiti Special Measures (HSM).
Haiti nationals who are in Canada would need to have a valid status. Only then would they be eligible for receiving a work permit under the Haiti Special Measures (HSM). Similarly, some Haiti nationals might have an expired status. Therefore, these individuals would need to make an application for restoring their status within 90 days after losing their temporary status.
Haiti nationals who have been out of status for longer than 90 days would need to:
- Apply for a temporary resident permit first and,
- Apply for a work permit thereafter
All applicants would need to pay the standard processing fee. This is for applications for a work permit under the Haiti Special Measures (HSM). The fee amounts to $150.
Officers would need to note that this OB becomes effective from September 01, 2013. Therefore, if officers come across applications received prior to September 01, 2013, they would need to follow the directives given in OB 468.
The Interim Federal Health Program
Haiti nationals would be eligible for health care coverage under the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). This is within the scope of the Haiti Special Measures (HSM). However, they would need to meet certain conditions. To be eligible for the health care coverage, they must:
- Have received a new work permit or,
- Have received an extension of a previous work permit and,
- Not be eligible for:
- Provincial health insurance or,
- Territorial health insurance
The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) would not cover services or products that a person could claim under a private insurance plan. Instead, it covers beneficiaries if they require medical attention for:
- A disease
- A symptom
- An injury or,
- A complaint
It also covers:
- Hospital services
- Services provided by a doctor or a registered nurse
- Services provided by a laboratory, a diagnostic facility or an ambulance and,
- Medications and vaccines only when needed to:
- Prevent or treat a disease that poses a risk to public health or,
- Treat a condition of public safety concern
In addition, the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) would not include the Immigration Medical Examination.
The validity of the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) coverage could last until whichever of the following three conditions occurs first. Thus, Haiti nationals could enjoy the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) coverage (until whichever of the following conditions takes place the earliest):
- Until the expiration date specified on their work permits
- Until a maximum span of six months or,
- Until they no longer require coverage because they have:
- Become eligible for:
- Provincial health insurance
- Territorial health insurance or,
- Private health insurance
- Until they have left Canada
The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) coverage would also extend to the dependents of these applicants currently residing in Canada. This would include:
- Common-law partners and,
- Dependent children
Officers would need to issue a notice to temporary residents. This notice would inform these residents that they are eligible for applying for the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) coverage. However, these temporary residents must:
- Be applying for a new work permit or,
- Be applying for an extension of a previous work permit
Individuals issued work permits prior to September 01, 2013 would continue to be eligible for the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) health care coverage. This would continue to be valid until whichever of the following conditions occurs the earliest:
- The duration of the applicant’s work permit or,
- One year
Officers would need to note that only applications received by March 01, 2014 would be eligible for the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) coverage.
- Medications and vaccinations would only be covered for:
- Preventing or treating a disease that could pose a risk to public health or,
- Treating a condition that is a public safety concern
Steps for In-Canada Processing
Under the Haiti Special Measures (HSM), Haiti nationals applying for work permits would need to:
- Write “Haiti” on the outside of the mailing envelopes of their work permit applications
- Provide detailed explanations about why the applicants need a work permit for supporting themselves in Canada and,
- Include this explanation along with the work permit application
Case Processing Centre – Vegreville
Temporary residents would need to maintain their temporary resident status. Therefore, they would need to do one of the following, in case their current status is about to expire:
- Apply for a new work permit or,
- Apply for an extension of a previous work permit
In addition, they would need to pay the associated fees along with their applications. They would not receive any waiver on the fees associated with these applications.
Individuals who have already submitted an application for extending or changing their temporary status would benefit from an implied status. However, this is applicable if they do so prior to the expiry of their current status. This would be valid until officers notify them of a decision on their application. This is in accordance with the provisions listed in R183 (5).
Special Program Coding
Officers would need to use the following code for issuing work permits under the Haiti Special Measures (HSM).
- H24: Work permit issued to Haitian national under the Haiti Special Measures (HSM); no LMO required
Expiry of Initiative
This initiative would remain valid until March 01, 2014.
Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
Operational Bulletin 486-A – September 25, 2013
The Global Electronic Applications (e-Apps) for Temporary Residents
This Operational Bulletin (OB) serves to update the information and procedures outlined in OB 486. The authorities had published OB 486 on December 17, 2012.
The updated information and procedures specified in this OB concern the processing of Electronic Applications (e-Apps) for Temporary Residents (TRs).
The Electronic Applications (e-Apps) enabled clients across the world to have an additional alternative for submitting an application for:
- A Temporary Resident Visa
- A Study Permit or,
- A Work Permit
Clients could submit applications for these programs using the:
- Come to Canada Wizard and,
- MyCIC portal
Readers might need to refer to the descriptions of the Come to Canada Wizard and MyCIC. For this, they would need to go through the details listed in Appendix A, at the end of this document.
The Electronic Applications (e-Apps) register all the information submitted with an application. Thereafter, the Electronic Applications (e-Apps) converts all the information submitted into an electronic format.
Having all data in an electronic format helps officers in the Department to transfer temporary resident applications electronically. Officers transfer these applications electronically to offices within the global network, which have the existing capacity. This enables officers of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to manage their workload more efficiently.
The global launch of Electronic Applications (also called e-Apps or Online Submission of Applications [OSAP]) for Temporary Resident programs took place on December 15, 2012. This Operational Bulletin (OB) provides information on the changes and procedures for:
- In-Canada offices abroad and,
- Visa offices abroad
The authorities had conducted a global launch of Electronic Applications (e-Apps) for Temporary Resident (TR) applications in December 2012. Since then, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has received over 300,000 applications. In addition, the use of electronic applications continues to rise with each passing day.
Officers declare that most of these applications originate from within Canada. However, more and more applicants are using the Electronic Applications (e-Apps) from several countries around the world.
This OB contains a selection of information and instructions for Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) offices. In addition, it contains information that offices need to share with clients in certain situations.
- CIC Global Network Roles and Responsibilities for Electronic Applications (e-Apps)
- Information and Processing Instructions for CIC Offices
- Resources for Processing Offices
- Providing Instructions to Clients
- Returns and Refunds
Readers would need to refer to the following documents on the CIC website:
- Screen shots for querying in the Global Case Management System (GCMS) to find Electronic Applications (e-Apps)
- The Electronic Applications (e-Apps) Process Maps such as:
- The Client Experience Process Map
- The Case Processing Centre – Vegreville (CPC-V) / Operations Support Centre (OSC) [In Canada Processing] Process Map and,
- Overseas and Case Processing Centre – Ottawa (CPC-O) Process Map
Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)