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Why Canada is the Best Immigration Destination for IT Professionals

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Why Canada is the Best Immigration Destination for IT Professionals


Canada is one of the top countries in the world in terms of technology. It is home to many STEM graduates, Biotech and AI professionals. Moreover, various IT firms and startups are based in Canada, which are producing a significant number of job opportunities for an IT professional. Therefore, contributing to making Canada the best immigration destination for IT professionals.


Canada Immigration: most flexible immigration system for IT professionals


Canada offers several versatile and flexible immigration pathways for Canada permanent residence status to highly skilled foreign aspirants. According to a study, among the five countries- Canada, Australia, USA, France and the UK- Canada had the most friendly, attracting and well-suited immigration policies for international IT professionals.


The research also observes that this precedence will promote Canada to entice more highly skilled professionals and become a global leader in the years to come.


Why moving to Canada is the best decision for IT professionals?


Work visas in countries such as France, the US and the UK are usually valid between three to six years. Moreover, the renewal rate of the work visa in these countries is significantly lower than in Canada.


Canada allows a limitless stay for temporary foreign workers as the employer determines the duration of the work permit of the candidates. Also, the processing time for Canada work permit is less as compared to other countries. Furthermore, the Maple Country provides work permits throughout the year, unlike in the US, where H1-B visa candidates have to stand-by for the annual lottery.


If a candidate is looking for permanent residency right away, Canada is the right place. It offers visa holders and work permit holders a chance to apply for permanent residence as soon as they land in Canada. Whereas, other countries require candidates with work visa or work permit to wait for between three to five years before applying for permanent residency.


Immigration Pathways to Canada for IT Professionals


Express Entry Program


Canada offers a wide range of immigration pathways a candidate can choose from. The key route for highly skilled workers is Express Entry, in which applications for permanent residence are managed under four significant immigration programs of Canada. In the Express Entry Pool, the applications are evaluated on the basis of the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS). The entire process takes six to nine months to complete.


Canada's Express Entry program is purely a merit-based immigration system, in which candidates are assessed on the basis of:

  • Work experience
  • Educational Qualification
  • Job Offer
  • Language Ability in English and French
  • Qualification of Dependents
  • Nominations, if any

Applicants can be nominated by the following:

  • Canadian Employer
  • Canadian Province, and
  • Family Member

A nomination by a Canadian province holds the maximum leverage. It can get you additional 600 bonus points in the Express entry system. With such a boost in your CRS score, you can acquire an ITA (Invitation to Apply) with ease.


You can apply easily for Canadian permanent residency through the Express Entry program, remember to follow the 6 steps guide provided below:

  • Login to the CIC website
  • Create your Express Entry Profile
  • Fill out the Application Form
  • Upload Relevant Documents
  • Update Nominations, if any
  • Submit the Form

After the successful submission of the form, you will be notified about your CRS score. Moreover, if your application is approved, you will receive an ITA in no time.


Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs)


Provincial Nominee Program is another popular pathway among IT Professionals. Canadian provinces and territories participating in PNP programs can nominate immigration applicants with the required skills and qualification for permanent residence in Canada. The provinces and territories participating in the PNP are:

  1. Alberta
  2. British Columbia
  3. Manitoba
  4. New Brunswick
  5. Newfoundland and Labrador
  6. Northwest Territories
  7. Nova Scotia
  8. Ontario
  9. Prince Edward Island
  10. Saskatchewan
  11. Yukon

Ontario Tech Pilot and British Columbia Tech Pilot


Ontario and British Columbia offer exclusive immigration programs for overseas IT professionals. Ontario Tech Pilot and British Columbia Tech Pilot holds regular draws to meet the high requirement for highly skilled tech professionals in the respective provinces.


The demand for international IT professionals in these provinces is on the rise. The technology sector in Ontario and British Columbia is a major catalyst behind the rapid economic growth. Therefore, generating more and more employment opportunities for IT professionals.


Ontario Tech Pilot accepts candidates with relevant experience in at least one of the six tech job profiles. Meanwhile, British Columbia Tech Pilot attracts a significant number of AI and Tech professionals with experience in at least one of the 29 tech profiles.


Global Talent Stream


Introduced in 2017, the Global Talent Stream offers work visas to international IT professionals or tech workers within just two weeks. GTS is Canada's aid to an economic need of highly-skilled tech workers. As the data released in June 2019 indicates, withing two years of the GTS, almost, 40,000 candidates arrived in Canada through the stream. Out of which, about 24,000 were highly skilled professionals in profiles such as information system analysis, computer programming, and software engineering.


The Global Talent Stream, a significant part of Canada's Global Skills Strategy, is an immigration pathway that offers Canadian employers to accelerate the hiring of overseas workers for certain specialised occupations where Canadians aren’t available for these roles.


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) target to process applications for Global Talent Stream work permit in just two weeks, making the program the fastest and quickest route for highly skilled workers seeking to start a new life in Canada.


Canada is home to vast career opportunities for AI and IT professionals to thrive. To know more about lucrative options and immigration pathways to Canada, please contact Aspire World Immigration.

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