Canada Joins Digital Nomad Visa Trend

Canada to allow remote workers to live and work in the country.
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Canada is jumping on the digital nomad trend by developing a digital nomad strategy to allow remote workers the opportunity to live and work in the country for up to six months, aiming to attract professionals from abroad to address a skill shortage.

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Sean Fraser, recently announced a plan to enhance immigration programs, which includes promoting Canada as a digital nomad destination, creating an Innovation Stream, facilitating labor mobility, and improving programs for high-skill tech workers.

What are the details?

The details of these initiatives are still pending, but they will primarily target international STEM professionals with no salary threshold, making it the most relaxed remote working scheme in the world.

To enhance labor mobility in the country, a streamlined work permit will allow H-1B visa holders in the US to work in Canada starting July 16. Approved applicants and their families will receive an open work permit for up to three years, benefiting high-tech skilled workers. The measure will be effective for one year or until 10,000 applications are received.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) goal is to officially launch the expanded visa program, allowing non-resident workers to stay longer, by the end of 2023.

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