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Canada Shows How Immigration Should Be Done

October 28, 2013
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You want to live and work in North America? Go to Canada.

Then you can visit the United States.

Canada welcomes skilled workers. An engineer said, “It is much easier to immigrate to Canada than it is to the United States.” It is much easier to get a visa.

Immigrants often want to come to the United States because there are more employment opportunities. The road to permanent residency in the U.S. takes years, even decades. In Canada it can take only months.

Skilled foreigners can earn up to 100 points for entry into Canada:

  • English and French language skills, up to 28 points
  • Education, up to 25 points
  • Experience, up to 15 points
  • Adaptability, up to 10 points
  • Age, up to 12 points
  • Job offers, up to 10 points

Only 67 points are needed for entry.

Migrants to Canada must have enough money to support themselves for the first several months. There is a visa charge of $2,900 for two people. This leads to a permanent immigration visa.

In the United States a H1-B visa is a three-year temporary visa. A spouse of an H1-B visa holder does not have the right to work. There is no limit on the right to work for both immigrant spouses in Canada. The U.S. puts up many roadblocks.

In 2012, only 14% of U.S. green cards put people on a path to citizenship. In Canada, that percent was 62%.

Everyone agrees that the number of visas for skilled – and unskilled – workers has to go up in the U.S. The immigration bill passed by the Senate helps. It would add more visas. Getting a visa would still be difficult and time consuming.

The U.S. loses when skilled immigrants who want to come to the U.S. go to Canada instead.

Source: The Wall Street Journal                                                                                         October 18, 2013

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