Canada or the United States, which is the better option for Indian immigrants? If you’re hoping to launch your life and career in a new country, we’ve outlined the major differences between Canada and the United States for Indians who are considering immigrating to both countries.
Both Canada and the United States have been popular destinations for Indian immigrants over the past several years. However, current trends show that Canada is accepting more and more Indian immigrants each year, while that number is declining in the United States.
In 2015, Indian citizens made up only 14 percent of all new permanent resident admissions to Canada, but that number has increased to 25 percent in 2019, totalling more than 85,000 new permanent residents. Meanwhile, latest data from the United States shows approximately 65,000 new Indian permanent residents admitted in 2016, with that number dropping below 60,000 by 2018.
If these trends continue in the coming years, we can expect Canada to accept even higher numbers of Indian newcomers, while the U.S. winds down migration from India. It is also worthwhile to remember that Canada has a population nearly ten times smaller than the U.S., making the per capita rate of Indian immigration much wider between the two countries.
On a per capita basis, Canada is clearly establishing itself as the more common destination for Indian immigrants.
The reason? It’s complicated.
Canada offers an excellent quality of life and a strong need for newcomers. Canadian citizens and permanent residents gain access to a universal healthcare system, free primary and secondary education, and a robust economy and jobs market. This all in a country ranked as one of the safest in the world, with a tiny population density, meaning tons of space and access to nature.
However, while a significant component of Canada’s popularity among Indian immigrants may be due to the Canadian lifestyle, another reason for Canada’s popularity among Indians is the ease of the Canadian immigration process, especially compared to U.S. immigration.