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US Tech looks to Canada For Relocation

According to a new study from Hired.com , American tech employees are now more than ever looking to relocate or expand their business and hiring in Canada. Report states it is due to President Trump changes to immigration policies especially to ban 6 Muslim countries from entering USA and proposed modifications to H1B visa.

At least 32% said they would move to Canada if given an opportunity. 12% said they might consider Germany to go and work there from the US. South America and Mexico came in last at 1%.

 

Canada is a country with more relaxed immigration system and a place where everyone feels welcome. Canadian government is also facilitating a way for people who work in Canada to apply for permanent residency and citizenship.

 

Foreign IT: how to get a job in Canada faster

Due to Canada perception as one of the best countries to live and work in a lot of people want to know – whats the best way to come work and live here? A lot of people incorrectly assume if they keep on applying for tech jobs from abroad they will get an interview. The only problem with that is even if a company does interview you – they will still need to pay thousands of dollars to apply for your work permit, and sometimes wait for up to 10 months to receive decision from Service Canada.

Recent Update: Government of Canada introduced tech work permit where they will give their decision within 2 weeks vs 10 months before. However you still need company to give you an offer and then company will apply on your behalf. 

Another way a lot of people overlook is that if you come to Canada to study (even for an 8 months degree) – you will be eligible up to 3 year OPEN work permit and can apply for your permanent residency and Canadian citizenship afterwards. You can also bring your spouse and children with you and apply for PR while you are studying so that you can receive your PR by the time your study work permit expires.

A lot of people will point out that it is expensive to do it this way, but it does not have to be. A 1 year program at lower cost university is around $5,000 – $10,000 Canadian dollars and annual expenses with housing can be had for another $5,000-10,000 so you can have a chance for a better life in Canada for under $20,000.

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Top three cheapest universities to get your master’s degree in Canada if you are a foreign student and money is a concern?

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN, SASKATOON
Graduate international tuition and fees: $5,377/year

MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY, ST. JOHN’S
Graduate international tuition and fees: $5,718/year

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA, EDMONTON
Graduate international tuition and fees: $8,220/year

You might also want to check out Top Canadian Universities with Computer Science Degrees and Top 1000 Canadian Universities and How They Rank in the World.

Once you have completed studies in an eligible program at an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution, international graduates can apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit, which will allow you to work in Canada.

In its effort to retain international students, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has recently made changes to the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program to make it more flexible and responsive to the needs of international students. Under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, international graduates can now obtain a three year open work permit, allowing them to work for any Canadian employer in any industry. They are not required to have a Canadian job offer at the time of application.

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit, international students must:

– have studied full-time for the eight months preceding the completion of their program (please see note below) and must have graduated from:
– a public post-secondary educational institution (university, college, or CEGEP); or
– a private post-secondary educational institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as public institutions, and receives at least 50 per cent of its financing for operations from government grants; or
– a Canadian private educational institution authorized by provincial or territorial statute to confer degrees;
– apply for a work permit within 90 days of receiving written confirmation from their academic institution that they have met the requirements of their program;
– have completed and passed the program of study and received written notification that they are eligible to obtain their degree, diploma, or certificate; and
– have a valid study permit when applying for the work permit.

Potential applicants should note that:

– the program of study must be a minimum of two years for the graduate to obtain the three year work permit. However, if the program was less than two years but longer than eight months, the graduate can still obtain a work permit for the same duration as the program of study. In cases where a student has obtained a one year degree or diploma from an accredited educational institution within two years of having successfully completed a previous accredited Canadian post-secondary degree or diploma, he or she may qualify for a three-year open work permit; and

– while a student must have been studying full time in the eight months preceding the date of application for an open work permit, an exception is made in the case where a student fulfills all the requirements except full time study in the last session of their program. For example, if a student only needs two courses in the final session to complete the program but all previous study has been full time, the student may still apply for the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program.

Canadian Tech Community asks Govt of Canada to accept more immigrants: Diversity is our strength

The following letter was published on Facebook few days ago by the Canadian Tech Community and sent to the Government of Canada for consideration. This was done due to a recent ban by the American president, Donald Trump, in the US.

This letter is in addition to Immigration Open Letter signed by Facebook and Microsoft in the United States partly stating:

We share your goal of ensuring that our immigration system meets today’s security needs and keeps our country safe, We are concerned, however, that your recent Executive Order will affect many visa holders who work hard here in the United States and contribute to our country’s success. We hire both thousands of Americans and some of the most talented people from abroad, who work together to help our companies succeed and expand our overall employment. Please use companies as a resource to help achieve immigration policies that both support the work of American businesses and reflect American values.”

The following Canadian letter is asking Canadian government to give special consideration to people who were banned under Trump’s order to be able to work in Canada with full benefits and potential apply for permanent residency in Canada.

The Canadian tech community comprises many different nationalities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, mental and physical abilities, and perspectives. We believe that this diversity is a source of strength and opportunity.

On this topic, we are united.

Canadian tech companies understand the power of inclusion and diversity of thought, and that talent and skill know no borders. In choosing to hire, train, and mentor the best people in the world, we can build global companies that grow our economy. By embracing diversity, we can drive innovation to benefit the world.

The 21st century will be driven by pluralistic economies powered by pluralistic societies.

This is a belief founded upon personal experience for many in our community. Many Canadian tech entrepreneurs are immigrants, are the children of immigrants, employ and have been employed by immigrants. As connected economies, decisions by the United States can directly impact every business north of the border. The recently signed Executive Order to block entry of citizens from seven countries has already impacted several in our community.

As a community, we are all affected. As a community, we stand together in opposition to the marginalization of people based upon their race or religion. The Canadian tech community supports Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s message that Canada will and must remain inclusive to all nationalities.

We also stand directly opposed to any and all laws that undermine or attack inclusion, and call on Prime Minister Trudeau and our political leaders to do the same.

The Canadian tech community also calls on the Canadian federal government to institute an immediate and targeted visa providing those currently displaced by the US Executive Order with temporary residency in Canada. This visa would allow these residents to live and work in Canada with access to benefits until such time as they can complete the application process for permanent residency if they so choose.

Diversity is our strength. We as Canadians recognize our privilege as a prosperous nation. We believe providing refuge to people seeking safety should remain our compass.

In the hours following the US decision, many members of our community have privately shared personal stories of their immigrant experience. We ask them now to share those stories publicly so they may be amplified.