Moving from the US To Canada – an Overview of Your Immigration Options

The US elections are over and Joe Biden has defeated President Trump. So, does this mean you can stop Googling about how to move to Canada or how to settle in Canada? Well, Joe Biden maybe the winner on paper but a closer look indicates that things are unlikely to change drastically in the US.

What’s President Trump’s immigration legacy? In the last four year,

  • Skilled worker visa programs like the H-1B and L-1 programs wrecked beyond repair.
  • Foreign students seeking admission in the US has come down sharply.
  • There has been a flight of skilled talent from the US to Canada with a number of Indians
  • qualifying for Canadian PR doubling between 2016 and 2018.
  • Citing the Covid-19 pandemic, the US suspended all skilled worker immigration programs despite no clear proof that immigration was causing job loss in the US.

Despite all this, there’ a difference of just six million popular votes between Trump and Biden. Ultimately, the election was decided by a few swing states, which could have gone either way.

This means it’s tough to conclude that the US has indeed rejected Trump’s policies. So, don’t bet your hopes on the US becoming a less-divided country anytime soon.

So, here is an overview of your options if you are a US citizen planning on moving to a more stable country with a less-divided polity.

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Canada-US-Mexico Free Trade Agreement

There has been a steady increase in the number of US corporations who have setup offices or subsidiaries in Canada. This means your American employer can transfer you in an executive,managerial, or specialized knowledge worker capacity to its Canadian counterpart.

You can qualify as long as you have worked for your American employer for at least one year in the past three years. This work permit to is exempt from LMIA (the Canadian equivalent of the US Labor Condition Application)

Express Entry

The above-mentioned options work if you have a job offer from a Canadian employer. You also have the option of applying through the Express Entry application process for skilled workers. A job offer is not mandatory requirement, although it can boost your CRS score and help you qualify for an ITA.

If your profile is strong enough despite lack of job offer and if you have enough funds to sustain yourself and your family in Canada, then you can check your eligibility for the Federal Skilled Worker or Canada Experience Class programs, file your Express Entry application, and move to Canada as a direct permanent resident.

Provincial Nomination

Quebec has its own immigration setup and all other provinces have the right to nominate suitable immigrants under their provincial programs. From Francophone-centric programs that don’t require either job offer or work experience to entrepreneur streams for business persons and investors, there are scores of options that you can check out to finalize your move from the US to Canada.

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