If you’re already in the United States on an H-1B visa, you may be very well-positioned to make the move to Canada. Depending on your profile, you may choose to continue as a temporary foreign worker north of the border, or make the change to permanent residence.
Over 300,000 foreign nationals enter Canada every year through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP), which allows Canadian employers to hire foreign workers for a limited amount of time.
In most cases, you need a valid job offer from a Canadian employer to be eligible for a Canadian work permit. However, unlike in the United States, there is no lottery system to determine who is accepted. If you and your employer meet the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) requirements, your application will be duly processed.
In June, 2017, the Government of Canada launched the Global Talent Stream, which provides a two-week processing standard for certain work permits if the Canadian employer is either referred to the Global Talent Stream by a designated partner, or hiring a worker in a position identified on the Global Talent occupations list.
Many of the identified occupations are in the information technology (IT) sector.
|National Occupations Classification (NOC) code||Occupation title|
|20012||Computer and information systems managers|
|21310||Electrical and electronics engineers|
|21311||Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)|
|Sub-set of 21210*||Mathematicians and statisticians
* Positions for actuaries or related occupations are excluded from this subset.
|21211 – Data scientists|
21220 – Cybersecurity specialists
21221 – Business system specialists
21222 – Information systems specialists
21233 – Web designers
|Information systems analysts and consultants|
|21211 – Data scientists|
21223 – Database analysts and data administrators
|Database analysts and data administrators|
|21231 – Software engineers and designers|
21211 – Data scientists
|Software engineers and designers|
|21230 – Computer systems developers and programmers|
21232 – Software developers and programmers
21234 – Web developers and programmers
|Computer programmers and interactive media developers|
|21233 – Web designers|
21234 – Web developers and programmers
|Web designers and developers|
|22310||Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians|
|22220||Computer network technicians
(NOC 2021 occupation: Computer network and web technicians)
|22222||Information systems testing technicians|
|Sub-set of 51120** ||Producer, technical, creative and artistic director and project manager – Visual effects and video game
|Sub-set of 52120***||Digital media designers
|Business Development Bank of Canada|
|Council of Canadian Innovators|
|Global Affairs Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service|
|Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada - Accelerated Growth Service|
|Invest in Canada|
|National Research Council - Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP)|
|Privy Council Office, Special Projects Team|
|Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (multiple locations across the region)|
|Government of New Brunswick – Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour|
|Cape Breton Partnership|
|Government of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Business Inc.|
|Government of Prince Edward Island, Island Investment Development Inc.|
|Burlington Economic Development Corporation|
|Invest in Hamilton|
|City of Mississauga|
|Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario|
|Government of Ontario, Labour, Training and Skills Development – Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program|
|Government of Ontario, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation, and Trade – Ontario Investment Office|
|Kingston Economic Development Corporation|
|London Economic Development Corporation|
|MaRS Discovery District|
|Regional Municipality of Niagara|
|Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership|
|Town of Oakville|
|Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation|
|Invest Windsor Essex|
|Canadian Economic Development for Quebec Regions|
|For other designated referral partners located in Quebec for the Global Talent Stream, employers from Quebec are invited to consult Quebec’s ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration (MIFI) website (French only).|
|Calgary Economic Development|
|Edmonton Metropolitan Region Economic Development Company a.k.a Edmonton Global|
|Government of Alberta, Alberta Labour and Immigration|
|BC Tech Association|
|Government of British Columbia, Ministry Municipal Affairs|
|Kootenay Association for Science & Technology|
|Vancouver Economic Commission|
|Economic Development Winnipeg|
|Government of Manitoba, Manitoba Education and Training|
|Government of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Immigration and Career Training|
|Last updated May 10, 2022|
If you are already in the United States on an H-1B visa, you are likely a strong candidate for economic immigration to Canada.
There are three major federal Canadian economic immigration programs:
These programs are managed by the federal Express Entry system. If you meet the eligibility requirements for one of the programs managed by Express Entry, you can submit a profile to the Express Entry pool.
Once in the pool, your profile will receive a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score based on things like your age, level of education, and work experience. The highest-ranking candidates are issued invitations to apply (ITA) for permanent residence in periodic Express Entry draws.
As a skilled worker in the United States, you are most likely to meet the requirements for the Federal Skilled Worker program.
However, most Canadian provinces also offer pathways to permanent residence for skilled workers. While eligibility requirements and application procedures vary between provinces, there may be an option for you. If you are eligible for a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), you can apply to the province for a provincial nomination. If you are successful, you can then apply for Canadian permanent residence from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
Learn about the fast-track options available for H1B visa holders in our detailed article. Some paths could have you settling in Canada within just one year! read the full article here:
If you are already in the United States on an H-1B visa, you are likely a strong candidate for economic immigration to Canada. Find here the best options for you.
Are you a professional living and working in the United States under the H1B visa program?
Discover the best pathway tailored to your unique profile and experience by consulting with a Canadian immigration expert at Canadim. Take the first step by filling out our online free assessment to provide us with essential details about your background. Our dedicated team will then reach out to you, offering personalized guidance and insights into the immigration pathways that align with your aspirations.
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