It is becoming increasingly difficult to gain entry to the US. Neither are there any signs things are going to get easier in the future.
Recent reports show that the rejection rate for H1B Visas has reached 24% in the last quarter of 2019 compared to just 6% in 2015. Needless to say, the US may slowly be losing its charm.
Canada has, however, capitalised on the situation. More people are now opting for Canada instead of the US, especially from India. The number of Indians gaining Canadian Permanent Residency in 2019 increased by a staggering 105%. In 2016, 39,340 Indians obtained Canadian PR. In contrast, 80,685 Indians got Canada PR in 2019, doubling the numbers.
Canada has friendlier immigration policies and offers the same kind of lifestyle as in the major cities of the US. With a large Indian diaspora in Canada, it is evident that more Indians are now choosing Canada over the US.
Stricter US immigration rules are causing more IT companies to open offices in Canada. India is one of the largest source countries of skilled IT professionals in the world. Uncertainty over H1B Visa rules is making more Indian IT professionals opt for Canada and not the US.
As per the 2017 Global Skills Strategy Program, Canada had set a target of welcoming 330,000 newcomers in 2019. The Global Skills Strategy Programs offers a fast-track route to those looking to work in Canada. The largest beneficiaries are Indians with a STEM background who wish to take advantage of the emerging work opportunities in Canada.
As per reports, Indians account for the largest share of ITAs for Permanent Residency Visas through the Express Entry Program. In 2017, out of 86,022 invitations issued, 36,310 went to Indians. The number of invites issued to Indians increased by 13% to 41,675 in 2018.
In the business sector, 63% of the companies are opening offices in Canada, increasing their presence in the country. 21% of the companies are reported to have at least one branch office in Canada.
Canada aims to bring in more than one million newcomers in the next three years. If you also aspire to immigrate to Canada, this is the right time to apply.
Y-Axis offers a wide range of Visa and Immigration products as well as services for aspiring overseas students including Study Visa for Canada, Work Visa for Canada, Canada Evaluation, Visit Visa for Canada and Business Visa for Canada. We work with Regulated Immigration Consultants in Canada.
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