Indian workers, discouraged by uncertainty in the U.S. with the H-1B visa, are looking north of the border in increasing numbers. They are being attracted by Canada’s flexible immigration policies, cultural diversity, universal healthcare, strong democratic values, career opportunities, ability to apply for permanent residency, and large communities of people from their homeland.
“Certainty and security of their immigration status in the US, which is very closely tied to how successful they will be professionally and personally, is the biggest problem that Indian immigrants in the US are currently facing,” Vivek Tandon, founder and CEO of EB5 BRICS.
Canada currently admits far more high-skilled workers than the US—one permanent skilled visa for every 409 Canadian residents in 2016, nearly six times more per capita than the US, Richard Burke, CEO of immigration platform Envoy Global, told Quartz.
“Personally I feel it’s game over for the masters-H-1B-green card path used by so many Indians to build a life in the US. The wait time for getting a green card is over 20 years. This makes it as good as never,” Rangnekar said.