Industry 4.0 is the future of work. More and more professionals with Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Information Technology (IT) will be in demand. Those with enough work experience in these fields will look for better work opportunities and what better place to migrate than Canada.
Canada is offering dedicated permanent residency pathways to attract and retain the best international AI talent. Anyone with work experience in artificial intelligence and information technology can easily apply for permanent residency in Canada. A recent study by the Center for Security and Emerging Technology conducted a country-wise comparison of immigration policies including Canada, the United States of America, Australia, the United Kingdom and France, along with its impact on the competitiveness of the Tech sector jobs in such countries.
Surprisingly not, Canada yet again proves to be the most versatile and flexible in attracting foreign skilled workers and international students. It is best suited to attract more and more talent specialised in the field of artificial intelligence.
The Canada Advantage
More than anything else, Canada boasts of having 100+ immigration programs and streams for economic-class migrants including skilled workers, business entrepreneurs, international students for permanent residency.
There are obvious advantages for Tech sector jobs as Canadian policies do not limit the length of stay of temporary foreign workers, unlike all other developed countries. Even the processing time for work permits may take several months, whereas, in Canada, the process is time-bound to two-eight weeks. Unlike the annual lottery system, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issues work permits throughout the year.
Following a two-step immigration process, these workers can apply for permanent residency in Canada right away. The average time in other countries is about three-five years.
Perhaps the biggest reason why Canada immigration is so popular is that Canada is the only country to allow foreign workers with enough work experience among other human capital factors to apply for permanent residence right away.
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Permanent Residency options in Canada
Canada Express Entry is the most popular immigration pathway for foreign skilled workers. It offers permanent residence to candidates registered under the system. IRCC nominates eligible candidates suiting the qualifying criteria for federal programs like the Federal Skilled Workers Program, the Federal Skills Trade Program and the Canadian Experience Class. In addition to it, several Provincial Nominee Programs have a dedicated stream linked to Express Entry pool of candidates. In our experience, the entire process takes anywhere between six to nine months.
Canadian provinces like Ontario, British Columbia have dedicated streams for Tech sector jobs offering permanent residency. In fact, the latest Tech draw by Ontario extended provincial nominations to nearly 1,288 candidates having work experience in one of the six in-demand occupations. Similarly, British Columbia welcomes Tech candidates specializing in one of 29 occupations.
Canada is home to specialised companies in AI and operating across the country from Montreal to Vancouver. Almost all the major Canadian universities/colleges offer specialised study programs in AI and related fields. Get in touch with our immigration and education consultants to know more about your options and chances of getting a permanent residence in Canada.