x
(403) 452-9515

Ackah Law

Search Ackah Law...

Contact us

Contact Information

1 (403) 452-9515

1 (800) 932-1190

Book a Consultation

More Options...

Indian Tech Workers Targeting Canada Tech Employers

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in How To Move To Canada and Tech Immigration

Indian Tech Workers Targeting Canada Tech Employers

Tightening United States immigration regulations are making Canada the first-choice destination for highly skilled and educated Indian technology workers. 85,000 Indian immigrants moved to Canada in 2019. The number of Indians obtaining permanent residence in Canada has more than doubled since 2016, according to a National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) analysis of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada data. Indian technology workers are choosing to work and raise their families in Canada instead of America as it becomes more difficult for foreign workers to get a U.S. work permit.

Increase in Indian Immigration to Canada

4 Key Factors Why Indian Tech Workers Immigrate to Canada

Are You Qualifed to Move to Canada?
Calculate Your Express Entry Score

1. Denial Rate for H-1B Petitions

Forbes reports that in the United States, the denial rate for H-1B petitions for existing employees who want to continue to live and work in the U.S. continuing employment is 12% under the Trump administration, four times higher than the denial rate of 3% in FY 2015. For new employees on H-1B petitions, the denial rate was 24% through the first three quarters of FY 2019, compared to 6% in FY 2015.

2. Difficulty Getting Green Cards

The U.S.'s low availability of employment-based immigrant visas (green cards) and the per-country limit, means that an Indian-born professional might need to wait decades to obtain permanent residence in the United States.

3. Nearshoring or Opening Canadian Affiliates

Canadian businesses and the Canadian government are actively recruiting tech workers and creating solutions to the growing market for highly skilled technology workers.

Many U.S. and Indian technology companies have opened affiliate offices in Canada, reports Forbes. The Canadian government has streamlined its work permit process for tech workers and provides a clear path to permanent residence. Nearshoring, also known as nearsourcing is when a business - particularly a tech business - outsources jobs to a nearby company that shares a border with the country then Canada is an attractive nearshoring destination for U.S. tech companies to export jobs when they can't hire tech workers directly.

Many American and other foreign businesses are opening a Canadian office or affiliate location because of the difficulty in getting U.S. work permits and green cards for skilled foreign workers.

4. Indian International Students in Canada

Changes restricting United States and UK student visas have resulted in Canadian schools welcoming more students from India mean that Canada has been able to attract 20-30% more MBA students from India, and Canadian programs make it easy for an international student to transition to a job in Canada after graduation, which creates a path to permanent residence. Due to recent rule changes introduced by the Canadian governments, 40% of all economic-class immigrants accepted by the federal government are now international students who have graduated and who want to stay in Canada.

Indian International Students in Canada

Canada Study Permits
Student Visas and Study Permits for Canada

Ackah Business Immigration Law offers immigration services for individuals and employment law and human resources advisory services for companies that do cross-border business. We recommend that you review your HR policies and practices and consult a Canadian immigration expert if you are considering nearshoring or opening a business in Canada. Contact us today at (403) 452-9515 Ext. 100 or 1-800-932-1190 or email us directly.

Learn More


Evelyn Ackah

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

More About Evelyn Ackah

Episode 20: How Indian Tech Workers Can Move From the United States to Canada

Canada immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah spoke to Dr. Alka Chopra Madan, founder of Global Women Power, and Nancy Tobesman, Vice President at Global Women Power, about how Indian foreign ...

Read More

5 Reasons American Expats Choose Canada

Canada is increasingly becoming an attractive destination for Americans who want to move to a better quality of life. While some people look for a change of scenery by moving from the ...

Read More

Does Nearshoring Tech Jobs Help Build A Stronger Canada?

The Toronto Star ran an article questioning, What is ‘nearshoring’? Is it good for Canada — or is our immigration system just bailing out Silicon Valley? Our Canada business immigration ...

Read More

What Are the Best Options for Hong Kong Residents to Move to Vancouver?

Hong Kong's new security laws went into effect on July 1, 2020, and give China more authority over Hong Kong's governance and residents. Vancouver, Canada has strong connections ...

Read More

How Tech Immigration Is Helping Canada During the Global Slowdown

During the pre-COVID global slowdown, Canada's immigration policies helped strengthen the countries economy. Canada has put into place programs to increase economic immigration ...

Read More

H-1B Visa Denied? Try Nearshoring to Canada!

Fewer skilled foreign workers are able to get an H-1B visa, and businesses are looking for alternatives. A new H-1B process went into effect in 2020, including an additional USCIS ...

Read More

I reached out to Ackah | Business Immigration Law when our company needed assistance for our business visa needs. The whole team is effective and efficient, the communication I received was extremely helpful in ensuring we had the right information for our employees travelling outside of Canada.

Evelyn Ackah walked me through the full process to ensure we were successful in our cross-border needs and her team was open and resourceful for all questions that arose. I received documents which outlined the information required to build our visa documentation. Once all documentation was gathered Evelyn and her team engaged with my team to ensure those who were travelling were fully prepared; in addition, Ackah Business Immigration Law also ensured a member of their team was on call for dates of travel, this assisted in my team knowing they had someone to turn to if needed during the procedure.

I would recommend Ackah Law to all businesses for their immigration needs and will continue to reach out when needed.

– F. Martens, Gryphon Oilfield Solutions

View All Testimonials