Canada’s tech sector has been booming in recent years.

Even in spite of the coronavirus pandemic, the sector remains strong with companies actively recruiting talent.

Due to its need for more ICT workers, Canada offers many permanent and temporary pathways to support the sector. These include general programs for skilled workers and specific programs dedicated to tech talent.

Whether you wish to move to Canada on a permanent or temporary basis, the following are key options for you to consider.

Express Entry

Express Entry is Canada’s main way of managing skilled worker applications for permanent residence. It is an extremely popular option for global tech talent looking to immigrate to Canada. Tech workers are the main occupational group of immigrants who move to Canada through Express Entry.

A major benefit of Express Entry is its dynamic and quick nature. You can successfully obtain an invitation to apply for permanent residence within just days of submitting a completed profile assuming that you are one of the highest-ranking candidates. If you are one of these lucky individuals, the federal government will aim to process your permanent residence application within six months of you submitting it.

If you are a tech worker who has not lived in Canada before, your best bet of being eligible for Express Entry is through the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP). The FSWP accounts for nearly half of all individuals who obtain an ITA.

You need to meet the minimum eligibility criteria and obtain at least 67 points to meet the FSWP’s requirements. Before getting into the Express Entry pool of candidates, your eligibility for the FSWP will be determined by the likes of your age, education, language skills, and work experience.

Find out if you are eligible for Express Entry

Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

The Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is your next best bet for obtaining Canadian permanent residence if you have not lived in the country before.

Canada’s Constitution gives the country’s provinces and territories the right to operate immigration programs. The PNP operates in nearly every jurisdiction. Provinces can “nominate” immigration candidates that meet their labor market needs, and then the federal government goes ahead and processes their permanent residence application.

Provinces and territories offer general pathways for skilled workers as well as specific ones based on where they have labor shortages. Tech is a significant area of need, which is why some provinces operate tech worker streams.

Two of the most notable are offered by the provinces of Ontario and British Columbia.

The Ontario Tech Pilot is for workers who have experience in one of six tech occupations. Candidates need to have an Express Entry profile. Ontario has held two Tech Pilot draws in 2020, including one during the pandemic, in May, which saw over 700 candidates successfully receive invitations for a provincial nomination.

B.C.’s Tech Pilot invites immigration candidates to apply for a provincial nomination on an almost weekly basis so long as they have a job offer in one of 29 tech occupations. The province has held 14 tech draws in 2020, including earlier this month, with over 1,500 people receiving provincial nominations so far this year.

Source: CICNEWS

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