Canada has emerged as the most attractive migration destination for Indians with 42% of all the invitations to apply for permanent residence sent to Indians through Express Entry system in the year 2017. The Express Entry system is the flagship program of Canada for economic migration. It is a point-based immigration system that invites candidates with the highest points to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
Out of the 86022 Express Entry invitations sent in 2017, the number of invitations sent to Indian citizens was 36310 or around 42%. The number of invitations sent to Indians in the previous year in 2016 was only 11037. In short, the year 2017 witnessed more than 200% rise in the number of invitations sent to Indians, compared to the previous year. The second highest number of invitations in the year 2017 was sent to the Chinese, 9% or 7466. China was followed by Nigeria, with 5130 or 6% of invitations being sent to its citizens.
Canada received around one lakh applications for permanent residency through Express Entry system in the year 2017. Out of these, 86,022 applicants were sent invitations to apply after which 65,401 persons and their families were admitted to Canada as permanent residents. Around 26000 among them were Indians.
It has been observed that many US H1-B visa holders, fed up with the long wait for the green card, are turning to Canada for migration. The number of Indians waiting for the US green card is around 3 lakh. It is estimated that the waiting period for Indians with an advanced degree could be as long as 151 years! The fact that H1-B visa comes with certain restrictions for its holders also makes Canadian permanent residency an attractive option for skilled migrants from India.
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