Are you currently on a H-1B visa or otherwise working or studying in the United States?

If so, you may be eligible for fast-track permanent immigration to Canada or be able to work in Canada on a temporary work permit. Canada has always favoured immigrants with North American training and work experience. It makes sense, because that's what Canadian employers prefer.

Send us the details of your temporary status in the United States and we'll assess you to see if you may be eligible under one of the options below. We will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Alternatively, feel free to call our office toll free at 1.888.947.9445 for more information.

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Express Entry

H1-B holders, as well as individuals who have completed their education in the United States, are strongly positioned to have a competitive profile and receive an Invitation to Apply for Canadian permanent residence through Canada's Express Entry immigration selection system. Contrary to the immigration system in the United States, most of Canada's new permanent residents arrive through economic immigration categories that award points for language ability, high levels of education, and skilled work experience, among other factors. Consequently, H1-B holders, as well as other individuals with work or study experience gained in the United States, are typically awarded a high number of points under the Express Entry system.

One major advantage of this system, relative to economic immigration systems used in other jurisdictions, is that the government of Canada aims to process applications within six months.

Provincial Nominee Programs

Canada's immigration policy is more de-centralized than the programs used by the United States. As such, Canadian provinces and territories (roughly analogous to states in the U.S.) can nominate individuals for permanent residence in Canada based on local labour market needs through the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs). Many, though not all, PNP streams place an emphasis on obtaining a job offer from a local employer. H1-B holders, as well as other individuals with work or study experience gained in the United States, are often sought out by employers across Canada, as they have already proven that they can integrate into the North American job market.

Please note: The lists of eligible occupations under the various PNPs are subject to change without any prior notice or warning. If your occupation is currently on one of these lists, it is in your best interest to submit an application as soon as possible.

Intra-Company Transfers

As the United States' largest trading partner, Canada is home to a range of subsidiaries, parent companies, branches, and affiliates of companies that also operate in the United States. These businesses have the option of bringing in foreign workers to Canada as an intra-company transferee without first having to offer the job to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Transferees must have at least one year of full-time work experience with the foreign enterprise and be coming to Canada to perform comparable work for the Canadian affiliate, either in an executive, senior managerial, or specialized knowledge role. These parameters are often beneficial to H1-B holders, as well as other individuals with work experience gained in the United States, who wish to work in Canada. Coming to Canada as an intra-company transferee can be a route towards permanent immigration to Canada.

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Latest News

  • Record New Low Points Thresholds in Latest BC Immigration Draw

    The number of points required in order for eligible workers and international graduates to be invited to apply for provincial nomination under the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP) has reached record new lows across multiple categories, following the latest draws that took place on September 13 and September 20.

  • September 20 Express Entry Draw Invites 2,871 Candidates to Immigrate to Canada

    In the lastest Express Entry draw, which took place on September 20, 2017, a total of 2,871 candidates with a minimum Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 433 were issued an Invitation to Apply (ITA). Therefore, candidates in the Express Entry pool with a score of 433 or above at the time of the draw may now apply for Canadian permanent resident status.