Are There Lesser Students Enrolling in the United States now?
A Massive Backlog of Green Cards for Indians?
But Why Canada?
- Canada is one of the few nations that handled the pandemic well. They managed to curb the spread of COVID-19 and opened up their educational institutions sooner than many others.
- Canada is increasing the job opportunities in their country by attracting the big names in Silicon Valley to cities in Canada. Canadian universities are also tying up with companies to offer students good internship opportunities.
- Tuition fee in Canadian educational institutions is much more affordable for Indian students than the tuition charged by universities in the United States.
The New H1B: Canada's Express Entry Program
The Canadian government selects and invites candidates to apply for permanent residence status based on their CRS score. Indian skilled workers are among the most successful talent pools in Canada’s express entry program. India is now a top source of talent for Canada in the past few years. In 2019, Indians received 47% of all express entry invitations in Canada.
Is Canada Welcoming Indians?
Canada’s express entry program has opened up new avenues for Indians who wish to migrate to developed nations and settle there. Canada is also committed to creating an efficient migration processing structure and system under the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
More and more Indian immigrants realize that their chances of permanent residence in the United States are bleak. It has prompted fresh graduates from India to consider Canada as their migratory destination and for those Indians who are currently studying or working in the United States. Experts say that unless the United States updates its H1-B visa policies, they may end up losing a significant section of the Indian talent pool to Canada and other developed nations.