Skilled Workers leave to Canada with Express Entry
Vikram Rangnekar was a Software Engineer at LinkedIn Corp in Mumbai. Through this job, Rangnekar secured an H-1B, a temporary visa for high skilled workers in America. However, he had dozens of senior colleagues from India who’d been waiting a decade or more for their green cards and who still didn’t have them, after all these years.
“Some said it’d take 20 years for my turn,” Rangnekar remembers. “Others calculated 50 years—which is basically never.”
Exploring Other (Better) Options With Express Entry
Rangnekar was young and had in-demand skills when he first applied. He did not want the uncertainty of a green-card to determine his and his young families future. So, Rangnekar researched and discovered Canada’s Express Entry system that could process a visa application in just six months.
Thanks to Express Entry in the early fall of 2016, Rangnekar, his wife, and their two young boys migrated to Toronto, Canada.
Tech-Savvy Workers in Canada are Welcome
Engineer and technician working together on drone in office
Rangnekar now works in Canada as an engineer, anin-demand job in Canada . Since then the Canadian government has poured money into many artificial intelligence research and facilities such as the MaRS Discovery District, a tech incubator whose startups have employed more than 6,000 people as of the end of 2016. With a surge in skilled job, Canada is widening its job searches across the ocean.
There’s work to be found in other Canadian cities, too. Montreal is home to Google’s AI research lab. The e-commerce giant Shopify Inc. is based in Ottawa, and the social media manager Hootsuite Inc. is situated in Vancouver. While the online giant, Amazon, aims to open its doors in Canada due to stricter immigration policies from its headquarters in the US.
Express Entry ‘Trumps’ America’s H-1B
American Flag (left), Canadian Flag (right)
About America’s H-1B Immigration Program
The H-1B was created in 1990;
Today, an estimated half a million H-1B holders live in the U.S;
Almost from the beginning, the H-1B system had obvious flaws. Outsourcing companies flood the application pool with jobs that barely qualify as high-skill, taking visas that could go to full-time employees at advanced technology companies;
The cap on the number of H-1B visas fluctuates, but in the five-day annual application window in early April, about 190,000 people petitioned for just 85,000 spots; and
The lucky winners are chosen in a lottery. H-1Bs cost employers from $1,710 to $7,700, depending on factors such as their size and how much they depend on foreign staff.
About Canada’s Express Entry Immigration Stream
In 1967, Canada became the first country to adopt a points-based immigration system;
The country regularly tweaks how it rates applicants based on national goals and research into what makes for successful integration: A job offer used to come with 600 points, but now it’s worth 200 points to work in Canada;
Other factors like speaking fluent English or French—or, even better, both—have been given more weight over the years. Country of origin is irrelevant;
310,000 new immigrants are set to work in Canada in 2018;
the Global Skills Strategy issues temporary work permits to people with job offers in certain categories, including senior software engineers, in as little as 2 weeks processing time; and
Since the program started in June, more than 5,600 people have been granted permits, from the U.S, India, Pakistan, Brazil, and many other regions.
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