Moving to a new country for a new job takes time – researching, applying, waiting for your application to be processed, and then making the physical move. And when the economy is moving quickly, it may feel like an overwhelming process – like there’s not enough time to do the research, find a job, apply for a visa and so on. But the current global economy is anything but moving quickly. In fact, it’s at a near standstill. And while there are still many companies that are continuing to hire in Canada, admittedly your idea job may not be available at the moment.
However, when life gives us lemons, we make lemonade, right?
Now is a great time to explore options for immigrating to Canada. Then, when the economy begins to recover, you will be ready to make the move when the right tech job comes available.
Path to Canada was created to help immigrants find tech jobs in Canada, guide them through the various Canadian immigration options, and in turn help Canadian tech companies find top-tier engineering talent.
So like you, we’re making lemonade – we want to help you come to Canada, one way or another.
Because here’s the thing – Canada can still be your Plan B, but we recommend a change in strategy: consider applying for graduate school in Canada, or look at alternative Canadian Permanent Residency options.
Graduate School in Canada
During downtimes, very often people go back to school. In today’s world, they can pick up a graduate degree in computer science, data analysis, engineering, etc. It allows them, during a bad economy, to brush up on their skills, pick up new ones, and inevitably make themselves look better to employers.
Ok, so you can apply to Canadian graduate schools to continue your education. But getting an education also means the ability to move to where that educational institution is located. In other words, by going to graduate school in Canada, you’ll be able to move here, live here, and have more time to weather the economic storm caused by COVID-19.
Overall, there are many top tier universities in Canada, and they cost significantly less than the US. Plus, upon graduation, you are well-positioned to apply for a tech job in Canada.
If this is an option you’re considering, Path to Canada is here to help! We’ll have more info on this option soon, but in the meantime do reach out to us directly on the website for more information on how a Canadian education can turn into a flourishing career!
Canadian Permanent Residence
The other option is applying directly for Canadian permanent residence. And while there are multiple ways of becoming a Canadian permanent resident (PR), either one you choose may take some time, so we recommend you start looking into it now.
Generally, Canada runs on a points-based system. Points are awarded for language skills, level of education, work experience, age, whether or not you have a job offer, and what the Canadian government calls “adaptability,” which looks at “how well you and your spouse are likely to settle in Canada.”
According to the government, “if you score 67 points or higher, you may qualify for the Federal Skilled Worker Program.” This is out of 100 total points.
But if you meet other, specific requirements on top of the ones for the Federal Skilled Worker Program, you may be able to come to Canada via Express Entry, which is a separate system, out of 600 points, which may enable you to move to and become a PR in Canada faster.
By knowing which system you may fall into, and in either case, what will give you more points, you need to get started now. So whether you need to work on improving your English skills or figure out other strategies to increase your score, Path to Canada is there to help you along the way.
Path to Canada is here for you
During these uncertain times, preparation is key. Path to Canada is always there to help you figure out whether you qualify for a work permit. But given the current state of affairs, and even though jobs are more scarce, you can explore, apply and become eligible for Canadian permanent residency.
If you want an easy place to start, fill out our candidate assessment to see where you stand. From there, we can help you during these challenging and unique times. Stay tuned for more information from us, and make sure to sign up to our newsletter (scroll to bottom of page and complete sign-up form).