How has the experience been for software engineers who moved to Canada after not getting through H1B lottery?

Amazon / Eng
BeffJezos!

Amazon Eng

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Lost in the software world gluing APIs and classes together. Wanted to innovate; now just want my stocks to vest. :/
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Mar 10 34 Comments

Have you seen a big drop in your savings / month? (Not absolute TC as it would obviously be lower, but savings may stay similar if you live modestly)

Have you been able to get exciting or less boring work to do?

Are you happier with the freedom that comes with the PR?

Any other pros/cons?

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TOP 34 Comments
  • Microsoft Dr. Root
    A friend moved to Vancouver in Jan of last year. Initially she loved the freedom of having a PR but the high cost of living and the massive pay cut just made it not worth it in the end. She ended up moving back to Bangalore in Oct. Hoping to return to the US on L1 and try her luck again. This system shattered her dreams and aspirations. Someone who was once a gold medalist with a masters in CS from an Ivy league school is now taking her skills elsewhere.
    Mar 10 17
    • Microsoft Dr. Root
      It's funny how emogi tries to put words in my mouth. I never said the "whole" of Canada was cold. I was referring to Alberta in participating. Thanks for your utterly useless input anyway 🤷🏻‍♂️
      Mar 10
    • Amazon / Eng mdiiytedhk
      Alberta is usually 30-35C in summers
      Mar 11
    • Nokia / Sales bDAU36
      People are just stupid of spreading rumors based on other person's opinion without even experience the actual country. Canada is good country to get settle and have good quality of life. Definitely much better than Banglore any day. 3-4 months are cold but other months of the year are very pleasant. People who knows how to enjoy life ,they even enjoys those cold season. Lot of activities to do in winter. TCs are less in Canada but quality of life much better than SV.
      Mar 11
    • Google emogi
      Lol Microsoft stay out of Canada cause you’ll just drag down the IQ. A warm day in Alberta is not -10. You probably flew over the province and now think you’re an expert 😂
      Mar 13
    • Microsoft true-doh
      Microsoft I think you maybe referring to the top of the snow capped mountains in Alberta. Alberta summers are pleasant and it's the time of the Calgary Stampede.
      Mar 13
  • New / Eng
    BivM58

    New Eng

    PRE
    Microsoft
    BivM58more
    @OP while you are boasting about your friend's achievements. Could you also tell where she had done her Undergrad.
    Mar 10 2
    • VMware genius1
      i don’t know who gives out gold medals in ivy league and who thinks it makes sense to pay off ivy league loan from bangalore instead of canada
      Mar 10
    • New / Eng
      BivM58

      New Eng

      PRE
      Microsoft
      BivM58more
      Most students from India. Even from tier 3 colleges in India, who go to masters have a 4.0
      Mar 10
  • Infoblox 2600
    You can likely get a higher TC in India. Also not much interesting work in Canada; mostly non crucial projects for American companies.
    Mar 10 2
    • Microsoft UMbR31
      Amen to that. I'd pick 30% salary in Bangalore over 45% salary in Toronto any day.
      Mar 10
    • Nokia / Sales bDAU36
      This could true in some cases but not always. Montreal is known for AI hub in world. I had seen very good project in Canadian companies with global team member presence. Most of project that goes to India is mostly for support and maintenance. There are exceptions to that. But when project goes to India means whole idea is cost cutting from company's point of view and no fuck given for quality.
      Mar 11
  • AMD papaji1
    Why do tech companies pay low in Canada? Exploitation?
    Mar 10 2
    • Qualcomm NotInQ
      I think the country in general is more socialistic. High taxes resulting in low pay compared to US. See the talk from Obama where he explains how having more regulations increases the cost of a product. But I am glad US has a balance at least.
      Mar 10
    • Amazon TRuc81
      Not enough competition, google fb amazon offices are all rather small so smaller companies don’t have to compete
      Mar 10
  • VMware genius1
    couple of my friends have moved to canada last year. they like it there. work is not that interesting and pay is also not that interesting but quality of life is pretty good. he says he is not able to save much but he has been living comfortably.
    Mar 10 4
    • Amazon / Eng
      BeffJezos!

      Amazon Eng

      BIO
      Lost in the software world gluing APIs and classes together. Wanted to innovate; now just want my stocks to vest. :/
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      OP
      I am so confused if my backup plan should be Canada or back home to India :/
      Mar 10
    • VMware genius1
      only you can answer that question
      Mar 10
    • Amazon / Eng
      BeffJezos!

      Amazon Eng

      BIO
      Lost in the software world gluing APIs and classes together. Wanted to innovate; now just want my stocks to vest. :/
      BeffJezos!more
      OP
      That's the biggest problem lol
      Mar 10
    • AIG / Product
      Raging

      AIG Product

      PRE
      Deloitte Digital
      BIO
      Counseling CxOs for AI-first strategy !
      Ragingmore
      Backup = go back to home !
      Mar 13
  • AIG / Product
    Raging

    AIG Product

    PRE
    Deloitte Digital
    BIO
    Counseling CxOs for AI-first strategy !
    Ragingmore
    Mar 13 0
  • SAP jkitsxh
    Try Canada. If not anything, you will get the citizenship in 3 yrs. You can always move back to India after.
    Mar 10 0

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