Canada is a country that values innovation, diversity and talent. If you are a web designer who wants to live and work in Canada, you may have several options to achieve your dream. In this blog post, we will explore how you can use your web design skills and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) expertise to immigrate to Canada.
What is STEM and why is it important for immigration to Canada?
STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These are fields of study and work that involve applying scientific principles, methods and tools to solve problems and create new products or services. STEM skills are in high demand in Canada, as they contribute to the country’s economic growth, technological advancement and social development.
Canada recognizes the importance of attracting and retaining skilled workers with STEM expertise, especially in the digital economy. That is why the Canadian government has introduced several immigration programs and initiatives that prioritize candidates with STEM backgrounds. These include:
Express Entry: This is the main system that manages applications for three federal economic immigration programs: the Federal Skilled Worker Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class. Express Entry uses a points-based system called the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) to rank candidates based on various factors such as age, education, work experience, language ability and adaptability. Candidates with STEM skills can increase their CRS score by having a high level of education, especially a master’s or doctoral degree, having work experience in a STEM occupation or having a valid job offer from a Canadian employer in a STEM field.
Category-based selection: This is a new feature of Express Entry that allows the government to invite candidates who meet specific criteria based on their ability to contribute to an identified economic goal. For 2023, one of the categories chosen for category-based selection is STEM occupations. This means that candidates who have at least six months of work experience in one of the eligible STEM occupations within the past three years may receive an invitation to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry. The list of eligible STEM occupations includes data scientists, software developers, programmers, mathematicians, statisticians, actuaries and electrical and electronics engineers12.
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP): This is a program that allows provinces and territories to nominate candidates who meet their specific labour market needs. Each province and territory has its own PNP streams and criteria, some of which are aligned with Express Entry and some of which are not. Candidates who receive a provincial nomination get an additional 600 points in their CRS score, which effectively guarantees an invitation to apply for permanent residence. Many provinces and territories have PNP streams that target candidates with STEM skills, such as Ontario’s Human Capital Priorities Stream, British Columbia’s Tech Pilot and Saskatchewan’s Occupation In-Demand Stream.
Global Talent Stream: This is a stream under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program that allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers with specialized skills and experience in certain occupations that are in high demand in Canada. The Global Talent Stream offers faster processing times, work permit exemptions and facilitated labour market impact assessments for eligible employers and workers. The list of eligible occupations under the Global Talent Stream includes several STEM-related jobs such as web designers and developers, computer engineers, software engineers and designers, information systems analysts and consultants and database analysts and data administrators.
How can Ansari Immigration help you?
If you are a web designer with STEM skills who wants to immigrate to Canada, Ansari Immigration can help you find the best pathway for your situation. We are a licensed immigration consultancy firm based in Vancouver, Canada. We offer personalized guidance and support throughout the entire immigration process, from assessing your eligibility and preparing your application to following up with the authorities and landing in Canada.
We can help you:
Determine which immigration program or stream suits your profile and qualifications
Gather the required documents and evidence to support your application
Complete and submit your application online or by mail
Monitor the status of your application and respond to any requests or queries from the immigration officials
Prepare for your interview or test if required
Arrange your medical exam and police clearance if required
Receive your confirmation of permanent residence or work permit
Plan your travel and settlement in Canada
Contact us today for a free consultation and let us help you make Canada your new home!