I am looking for some advice/experience-sharing on moving to Canada with current employer before the PR is in hand.
I am currently on an H1B and working for a silicon valley company. My company has an engineering office in Toronto. I had applied for a Canada PR (FSW) 18 months ago. I received the AOR/medical/biometrics passed but the application is backlogged due to COVID travel restrictions. On personal front, me and my wife are expecting a baby towards the end of the year. Ideally, we would like to move as soon as our baby is 6 months old. Now, I really want to move to Canada at that time (mid-2021). However, I am worried that if the PPR email arrives after our baby is born, we would have to add the baby to our application and that might further delay getting the CoPR by several months given the current backlog (if baby is born after we get PPR, then we plan to apply for PR for the baby after we are in Canada, which is possible given the baby will be a US citizen).
So, I have two questions:
- If I don’t get PR by mid-2022, I am considering if it is a good idea to ask my company to let me relocate to Toronto on Canadian work visa. Once I am in Canada, I think it is likely that our PR will get processed much faster given that I am already in Canada. Does anyone have any personal/second-hand information/experience on this front (PR speeding up due to moving to Canada before PR arrives)?
- I am wondering how to handle the logistics of relocating to Canada in terms of asking my current employer to relocate me, with or without another offer in hand. I would really like to move with the same employer as I like my team, my manager and there are already multiple people working remotely from different cities, so there is a culture of remote work. I could either try to get other offers in hand from Toronto-based companies before I ask my current employer, or just directly ask them to relocate me. I prefer the latter option. However, may be I am just being paranoid, but I am worried that the company might refuse and then they will know that I don’t have a strong intention to staying in US and working for them. Any thoughts on how best to handle this?