Exciting Opportunities Across The Boarder: Immigrate to Canada as a Tech Worker from the U.S.
Follow the below Five Pathways to Unlock Your Canadian Dream
Are you a tech professional in the U.S. considering a move to Canada? The American government estimates that 1.4 million skilled immigrants are stuck in the U.S. employment-based green card program; it's time to discover the exciting opportunities waiting for you north of the border. As Canada's tech industry continues to flourish, international talent has never been more in demand. According to CompTIA’s “State of the Tech Workforce Canada” report, the country saw a 9% increase in tech employment between 2019 and 2021, with further growth projected for 2022.
At Ansari Immigration, we're here to help you navigate the various immigration pathways available to U.S. tech workers. In this blog post, we'll explore five options that could make your Canadian dream a reality.
1. Global Talent Stream (GTS) - Fast-Track Your Canadian Career
Part of Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), the GTS enables Canadian employers to bring specialized foreign tech talent to Canada in just two weeks. By joining an innovative Canadian company, you can put your skills to work and drive the nation's tech industry forward. Learn more about the Global Talent Stream here.
2. CUSMA Intra-Company Transfers (ICTs) - Seamless Transitions for Tech Professionals
Replacing NAFTA in 2020, the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) simplifies the process for U.S. tech workers to be temporarily transferred to a Canadian branch, subsidiary, or affiliate of their American employer. Discover more about CUSMA and its benefits for tech workers here.
3. Start-Up Visa Program - Empower Your Entrepreneurial Spirit
The Start-Up Visa program is designed to recruit innovative foreign entrepreneurs who will create jobs and drive economic growth in Canada. Successful applicants are connected with IRCC-designated organizations that offer funding, guidance, and expertise to help them establish and operate a business in Canada. Find out more about the Start-Up Visa program here.
4. Gain Canadian Work Experience - Boost Your Permanent Residence Eligibility
While U.S. tech workers can apply for Canadian permanent residence without prior Canadian work experience, the pathways mentioned above can make the process significantly easier. Gaining Canadian work experience boosts your eligibility for Express Entry and the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) - two leading pathways to permanent residence in Canada.
5. Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs - Secure Your Future in Canada
Express Entry is an application management system that ranks applicants based on their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) scores, with invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence issued every two weeks. Learn more about Express Entry here.
Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) are regional immigration initiatives operated by 11 of Canada's 13 provinces and territories. Each PNP is designed to address specific labor gaps and local economic needs, helping to distribute the benefits of immigration across the country. Many PNPs feature streams tailored to tech industry professionals. Explore the various PNPs available across Canada here.
At Ansari Immigration, we're dedicated to helping you find the right pathway to immigrate to Canada as a tech worker. Contact us today for expert advice and personalized guidance on your journey to a brighter future in Canada.