In what could be called a rather interesting development, a remarkable increase in the US online Searches on Canada Immigration--employing some specific terms, such as “H1B Canada”--has reportedly surfaced that run side by side with the latest proposed H-1B Visa extension change reports that claim that the incumbent US President is mulling harsher laws, involving the H-1B visa extensions.
Some well-known newspapers earlier have reported that the Maple Leaf Country may gain thanks to the development, which chiefly would affect exceedingly trained overseas manpower in some particular disciplines, such as biotechnology, science, healthcare, education, and medicine.
Lending credibility to this concept was a surge in Google searches originating in the US utilizing some specific keywords, such as “H1B Canada” and “H1B Canadian” beginning January 2. That was around when it first surfaced in the media that Trump was mulling acting on the amendments recommended by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which would restrict the extensions for the H-1 B Holders. Such a development could force the overseas labor force, cooling their heels for Permanent Residency, out of the US, prior to a conclusion is made.
As per the media here back home in India, in case Trump sanctions the proposed regulations anywhere from 500,000 to 750,000 H-1B candidates from India will have no option except to exit the US.
Significantly, trump has earlier taken action against the H-1B Visa extensions, issuing an executive order in April last year that reportedly urged for an appraisal of the H-1B Scheme, and froze an accelerated opportunity for the recruiters/firms keen to fast-track a possible worker’s petition.
Meanwhile, the detractors of the H-1B, which is meant to be a temporary “non-immigration” Plan, reportedly allege that it has become a sort of backdoor corridor to Permanent Residency status in the nation.
The President--who campaigned for White House on a pledge to protect and generate jobs for the local US manpower--has reportedly often condemned H-1B for allegedly protecting the overseas employees at the cost of the natives.
Still, he is also learnt to have spoken in support of the H-1B, asserting at one point through the Republican presidential nomination race, that retaining the overseas talent in the US was indispensable.
Canada Stands to Gain?
The trained overseas manpower that the H-1B amendments would affect is exceedingly cherished by the federal administration of Canada and its different provincial counterparts, which have shaped their immigration policies and schemes in recent years, to enable the admission of such employees into the Maple Leaf Country.
A major change toward this end was the launch of the nation’s much talked about Global Skills Strategy and its Global Talent Stream constituent, which reduced the processing times for the provisional Work Permit petitions for certain specific trained employees bringing down the same to just two weeks.
These strategies and others have combined with the Liberal administration’s orotundity centered on inclusivity and diversity allegedly to assist leverage the Maple Leaf Country as a type of counterpoint to the immigration rules and strategies of the US President.
People from India have allegedly gained the most via the nation’s immigration structure, occupying the topmost position in the list of the nationals sent an invite via both the Express Entry system and the Provincial Nominee Programme (PNP) managed by Ontario--the nation’s most populous and popular province for immigrants.
Permanent Residence in Canada
The candidates for the H-1B Visa, interested in moving to the Maple Leaf Country, have several good choices for getting the Permanent Residence (PR) standing in Canada, which is renewable post five years, and enables the holders to reside and do a job anywhere in the nation, without any restrictions whatsoever.
For those not in the loop, Express Entry is the federal administration’s economic immigration system, and the applicants can use it to gain admission into the nation. The applicants can utilize any of these three available Express Entry streams, namely, the Federal Skilled Workers Programme (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades Programme (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
Via Express Entry, qualified aspirants are given a rank on the basis of the scores given for their alleged human capital factors, viz., age, education, language skills, and employment experience. You do not require a job offer to be an applicant in the Express Entry Pool.
The H-1B candidates in the US--with advanced skills in English, advanced education and skilled employment experience--would have an edge, via Express Entry.
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