An Indian IT professional presently at work in the US, and considering career options for future, can think of moving to Canada soon.
There is a heavy demand in Canada for Qualified professionals in IT, in the economy. Moreover, the government has a few immigration policies in this matter. Moreover, there are many vacancies in the technology occupations for a long period. For all experienced and qualified IT professionals, the path to get a work permit, PR or Citizenship is clear.
Here we present the Ways for moving to Canada, expected earning and also feature the tough to fill technology occupations.
Top Reasons for IT Professionals to Move to Canada from the US
1) Canada is friendly to immigrants
Canada has a plan of increasing immigration and attract 350,000 fresh arrivals per year mainly in the Economic Class. Furthermore there is a huge demand for technology workers. Presently USA has clampdown on green cards/work visas but Canada has an easy policy for IT professionals. This helps them to obtain work permits. Moreover the processing hardly takes two-weeks through the Global Talent Stream.
2) There is a requirement for IT professionals
Canada has the issues of an aging population. Moreover, there is a shrinking labor force also. It is trying to overcome these through immigration. Additionally, the Canadian economy has changed and the labor force lacks the IT skills that the businesses must gave for a good growth. Canada is inviting all IT professionals, with quick visa processing. Furthermore it is also offering a path to seek PR and citizenship.
3) The Canadian education system is top quality
Canada has established such colleges/universities, which have a high quality of education. Moreover, there is a publicly-funded high school system with a stress on quality. The Tuition fee in higher education is low for global students. Furthermore it is still lower for PRs and citizens. Finally, it offers better opportunities for children.
4) There is a publicly-funded healthcare in Canada
The US has issues regarding accessing its healthcare system. In Canada PRs as well as work permit holders get access to great healthcare, based on certain factors. The family gets a cover in emergencies.
5) Canada presents a secure society
Canada has an effective democracy, a secure society, and low crime rate than the US, thus offering a higher quality of life.
Ways for Qualified IT Professionals to Move to Canada
Qualified IT professionals can reach Canada:
• Through applying directly for PR permanent residence; or by
• Arriving as a temporary resident on a work permit, and then becoming a permanent resident
1) Through direct application for permanent residence by using the Express Entry.
This system supervises the intake of skilled workers in economic programs, and also in certain provincial streams.
Federal Skilled Worker Program
Canada Experience Class
Federal Skilled Trades Program
Candidates intending to reach Canada through a program must first register their profile in the Express Entry pool. The profile gets a score and the high scoring profiles receive the ITA in draws which happen every fortnight. Moreover, the candidates can improve their score by securing a qualified job offer in the country, which gets 200 or 50 points, based on the skill level.
Top Technology Occupations in Canada
Computer Programmer Computer Engineer
IT Project Manager
2) Arriving as a temporary resident on a work permit, and then becoming a permanent resident
Many IT professionals reach Canada on a temporary work permit before becoming a permanent resident.
In June 2017 the federal government introduced the Global Talent Stream for attracting professionals in technology occupations.
Upon qualifying for the GTS, Candidates having a job offer get their LMIA , work permit as well as visa processing within two weeks. When the candidates arrive in Canada and work using the GTS operated as a part of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, they can seek PR through Express Entry.
Best Salaries for IT Professionals
Canada has an established technology market in many of its major cities. The popular technology jobs are
• IT Project Manager
• Software Developer
• Database Analyst
• Java Developer
• Web Developer
• Computer Network Technician
• Business Analyst
Top Occupations for IT Professionals having a big demand by Employers
|Job title||NOC Code||Percentage of vacancies open for 60 or more days|
|1||Computer Vision Engineer||2147||56|
|2||Penetration Tester||2147, 2171, 2281||51|
|3||Ruby on Rails Developer||2147, 2171, 2172||43|
|4||Operations Engineer||2141, 2147||41|
|7||Machine Learning Engineer||2132||37|