Canada work visas: After tension over clampdown on H-1B visa in United States among Indian workers, a report from Canada has brought a sigh of relief. It is said that more Indians are getting work visas and acquiring citizenship in Canada than the Chinese. During January-June, 13,670 Indians obtained work visas whereas only 8,680 Chinese managed the same under Canada’s international mobility program, as per a The Times of India report.
Under temporary foreign worker program, which is stricter in granting visas and requires labour market impact assessment, 2,190 Indians obtained the work visas as compared to only 635 workers from China. The data were released recently by Canada’s department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
In 2016 the international mobility program peaked for Indians with 30,850 Indians obtained work visas in the same year. The year 2016 saw a sharp increase of nearly 50% over the previous year.
Companies who want to sponsor highly qualified workers can opt for the GTSP. It applies only for short trips and covers ten occupations primarily in computer, electrical and information technologies. Managerial or professional workers can visit Canada on short term assignments of either 15 days in a six month period or 30 days in a year, as per TOI.
However, an opposite trend showed in the inflow of students where the Chinese out-numbered Indians. Coming to the number of students, till June this year the population of Chinese students in Canada is 25,315 while the number of Indians are 20,845.
In the neighbouring US, the Chinese have dominated Indians when it comes to acquiring green cards. Inflows during 2015 from China were 74.6 thousand but in the case of India it was nearly 10 thousand less, according to International Migration Outlook – 2017, released by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the TOI report added.