Canada Welcoming Large Numbers Of Skilled Workers From The U.S

New data shows that Canada is becoming a magnet for skilled workers from the United States.

In the last two years, foreign-born U.S. skilled workers have received the most invitations to permanently resettle in Canada, according to new statistics published by the Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET).

The analysis is based on data from the recent Express Entry Year-End Report 2019, which reveals that the numbers of U.S. residents who successfully benefited from Express Entry, soared by seventy-five (75) per cent between 2017 and 2019. That percentage rise attributed to the United States is much higher, often double, than that observed by other countries.

Express Entry is an online system employed by Canada to manage skilled immigration applications from those who want to become Canadian permanent residents.

Qualified Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP), Canadian Experience Class (CEC) and Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) candidates have a chance to obtain an invitation to apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence through the system providing that their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score meets IRCC’s cut-off point requirement.

According to the CSET data brief, the rise in the number of U.S. residents benefiting from the Express Entry system can be attributed to two factors.

First, more U.S. residents are looking for permanent residence in Canada nowadays. Secondly, an increasing number of U.S. residents looking for permanent residence in Canada are meeting the scoring requirements of the Express Entry system.

CRS scores used to rank eligible candidates for immigration to Canada via Express Entry are based on factors that include age, educational qualifications, skilled work experience and proficiency in French English among others.

The author of the analysis, Zachary Arnold, attributes this growth in successful submission specifically to non-U.S. citizens, whose numbers increased by at least One-hundred and twenty-eight (128) per cent between 2017 and 2019.

During this same period, some 26,000 United States residents who applied for Canada PR through Express Entry received invitations. Based on the author’s calculations, an large majority of those who received the invitations—more than 20,000—were U.S residents who are non-citizens of the country.

The analysts argue that two major reasons may help to explain this current trend. The hostile immigration policy of the U.S has become a key deterrent to highly skilled workers, while Canada’s continued drive to lure and attract talent from around the world represents a major draw for these people.

“In recent more years, the Canadian government developed a simpler and more linient immigration system for skilled workers, nurtured cutting-edge technology companies capable of drawing talents from around the world,” Arnold said.

President Trump’s aggressive immigration policies and his executive orders, on the other hand, have played a principal role in creating a climate of hostility in the U.S toward immigrants.

The profound anxiety generated among potential immigrants is causing a growing number of individuals to consider building their lives elsewhere.

In this regard, “Canada arguably leads [the] competition,” according to Arnold.