From the statistics of Canada, Indo-Canadians are the second large growing community in Canada next to the Chinese Canadians. Here comes the question, why do more people from India move to Canada both for studies and permanent residence?
India become Canada’s extensive source of talent. In 2021, Canada invited nearly 405,000 immigrants which is the highest ever. In this, close to one-third are of Indian origin. Additionally, 450,000 International students moved to Canada last year, which holds half the percent of the total Indian students. 10,000 Indian Immigrants got into Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. And further 130,000 Indians got their work permits through the International Mobility Program.
Indians seeking to migrate to Canada, whether as citizens, foreign workers, or international students, must possess qualities like education, language skills, work experience, and settlement funds required by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to approve the visa.
Another reason why Indians move to Canada in large amounts to get PR is because of the lack of permanent residence pathways in the U.S. Also, the main factor is that there’s a huge dispersal of Indian diaspora in Canada and that makes the Indians feel at home in Canada and think about their settlement there.
In 2015, Express Entry was introduced by IRCC to handle its main federal economic class immigration programs. To rank the candidates from the program, IRCC implied the Comprehensive Ranking System to grant them a score. This score is given based on their age, education, language skills, work experience and such, and factors like Canadian education and work experience add additional CRS points.
Possessed with all the given characteristics mentioned above, Indians easily tend to get the top CRS score and successfully receive permanent residence under the Express Entry program. Proficiency in English compared to other countries also adds a significant advantage to Indians.
Additionally, to help eligible Indians to accelerate their academic careers in Canada, IRCC introduced the Student Direct Stream (SDS) in 2018. Indians who meet the SDS requirements can obtain their study permits faster. Also, the SDS has a greater success rate than the conventional method of getting a study permit.
Both studying and then working in Canada through the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), gives the advantage of getting PR easily under the Express Entry program and other Canadian immigration programs like PNP.
According to Canada’s 2016 Census, there are 1.4 million people of Indian descent in Canada. But the number is expected to rise significantly in the future. To accelerate its post-pandemic economic recovery, Canada is raising its immigration levels. The goal for this year is almost 432,000 immigrants, and by 2024, it will be over 450,000.
There is no quota-based intake for foreign workers or international students in Canada. With the high labor shortage and demand for studies, we expect more Indians would move to Canada over the years. The travel restrictions are also relaxed after the pandemic, so now students can physically be in the country for studies.
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