Over the past few years, the number of people who immigrate to Canada from India has increased significantly. In 2019, the number of Indians who migrated to Canada more than doubled since 2016. India was also the top source country of immigrants to Canada in 2019.
A report released in 2020 revealed that the overall migration to the member nations of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD) increased by 10 percent in 2018 owing to the number of Indians migrating to Canada.
According to a Forbes report from February 2020, the number of Indians who became Permanent Residents in Canada grew by 105 per cent between 2016 and 2019.
Reasons to immigrate to Canada from India
The stricter immigration policies adopted by the US in the past few years are a reason why Canada became the favourite immigration destination for Indians. The US immigration policies under President Donald Trump made it harder for immigrants to obtain targeted visas, which are popular among Indians. This led to fewer Indians choosing the US for studies and migration.
But during the same period, Canada has been running a number of immigration programs that aimed to attract skilled immigrants. One of the most important among these programs has been the Express Entry, which allowed high skilled immigrants to move to Canada, even if they did not have a job offer or Canadian work experience. In 2019, Indians received the highest number of Invitations to Apply for permanent residence in Canada through Express Entry, which made India the top source country for immigrants to Canada. The number of Indians who obtained Canada PR in the year was 85000.
Pathways for Indians to migrate to Canada
The two major immigration pathways for Indians to migrate to Canada are Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs. As Express Entry allows Indians to migrate to Canada with their families, it is the most attractive for those Indian immigrants who wish to settle in the new country with their families.
Express Entry is a system for managing applications from immigration under the three federal economic immigration programs, which are the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) program, Canadian Experience Class (CEC), and the Federal Skilled Trades (FST) program. For Indians who have never been to Canada, the Federal Skilled Worker program is the most suitable, as it does not require Canadian work experience or job offer.
The first step in receiving an application for permanent residence under Express Entry is to create and Express Entry profile. Each profile will then be assessed and awarded a score based on the Comprehensive Ranking System(CRS). The highest scoring candidates will be invited to apply for a provincial nomination.
Provincial Nominee Programs
Applying for Canada immigration under Provincial Nominee Programs involve two steps, first applying for provincial nomination and then applying for permanent residence with the federal government. Some Provincial Nominee Programs operate on the first-come, first served basis, while others have an Expression of Interest system. Some PNPs operate outside the federal Express Entry system and they are called base streams. At the same time, some other PNP streams are there, which are aligned to the federal Express Entry. The Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination will have 600 additional Comprehensive Ranking System score points added to their total CRS score. It guarantees them an Invitation to Apply for permanent residence in Canada.
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