Forget US, H1B visas! Canada has plans for you

New Delhi: If the US has made it difficult for foreigners to settle in America, Canada, on the other hand, has opened its doors to foreigners who aspire to work and settle in this foreign nation.

Soon Canada will make the Global Talent Stream (GTS) programme that offers a hassle-free and quick route to work in the country, a permanent scheme and Indians having a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) background will be gaining the most from this scheme a TOI report stated.

Under this GTS programme, processing of applications filed by sponsoring employees takes just two weeks and those hired under this scheme will gain work experience in Canada, which ultimately helps them while applying for permanent residency under the Express Entry programme.

The programmed will vastly help Indians as Indians are the largest group to be issued invites for permanent residency under the Express Entry programme.

According to statistics, 42% of the 86,022 people who received invitations for permanent residency, were Indians in 2017. The number increased by 13 % to 41,000 last year.

“We are attracting some of the most highly skilled people of the world, through our global skills strategy,” said Ahmed Hussen, minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship Canada (IRCC).

So far since the launch of pilot project in 2017, as many as 2000 work visas have been already been issued to highly skilled workers.

Canada’s budget 2019 mentions that GTS has generated commitments from Canadian employers to create 40,000 new jobs for Canadian and permanent residents.

This programme too has two categories A and B. Category A requires annual salaries of at least Canadian dollar (CAD) 80,000 for the first 2 applications while for the subsequent applications, it is CAD 1.50 lakh.
Under the Category B salaries are largely based on prevailing wages.