The shift is due to increased restrictions on immigration by the United States government, the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) said.
The number of Indians who migrated to Canada have doubled in the three years to 2019, according to a US thinktank.

This shift is due to increased restrictions on immigration by the US government, the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) said.

Until November 2019, 80.685 Indians opt for permanent residence in Canada, up 105% from the 39 705 people in 2016, according to the NFAP’s analysis of data from the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Canada.

“It’s not a coincidence that the number of Indians choosing to study in and immigrate to Canada has increased at the same time (as) it has become more difficult for India to work in and immigrated to the United States,” said Stuart Anderson, executive director, NFAP.

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How structured data, it is impossible to determine how many Indians have moved directly from India, and how much of the US, the study said.

Since Donald Trump became the winner of the US presidential election on anti-immigration rhetoric, he has tightened immigration rules and imposed restrictions, including on work visas, affecting technology professionals from India.

the level of H-1B visa denial, short-term work permits for hi-tech talent, has jumped to 24% in the first three quarters of the fiscal year 2019, compared with about 6% in FY15, according to data from the US citizenship and Immigration Services. Similarly, refusal to continue the employment level is 12%, compared with 3% in 2015. USCIS following the financial year from October to September.

Another reason for the surge of Indian immigrants to Canada is the possibility of an increase in Indian students in Canada, which rose 127% to 172 625 in 2018 from 76 075 in 2016.

Indian engineers have become increasingly popular in Canada and there is a huge demand for technology talent, says Vartika Manasvi, CEO, Stackraft, a neuroscience startup that helps Canadian companies employ global technology talent.

“We have a large base of engineering talent only with New PR, H1B, fresh graduates on the pests and even the Indian engineers who are open to relocation to Canada. What makes it easier is a progressive immigration policy as global Talent Stream, which allows the talent-hire and global work permits facilitated in just two weeks, “he said.

Several Indian technology companies have set up centers near the beach in Canada in recent years to serve US clients, even as it becomes difficult for them to get more visas in the US.

Indian IT services companies have been hit harder than the US technology company, with a sharp spike in a visa denial. Furthermore, waiting times for green cards can run up to 150 years for India, creating further uncertainty.

“This trend is likely to continue until the US policy makes it easier for foreign-born professionals new and existing ones to get a second H-1B visa and employment-based green cards. It would also help if the US government to refrain from imposing restrictions on international students, “said Anderson of the NFAP.

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