Canada Launches Fast Track Visa To Attract Technology Talent
With President Trump’s views and attempted policies on immigration the H1B visa is in limbo. The H1B visa is an employment based non immigrant visa category for temporary workers. This visa has been widely used for tech startups with employees leaving college for careers in technology. It’s also been used when students have started successful companies in college while in the US for school, in order to stay and continue working with their company.
Not only is the H1B visa in jeopardy, but America watched first hand as President Trump’s original “immigration ban” affected professors, business professionals, startup employees and even PhD students. Folks who had been over in the US totally legally and above board, were stuck overseas while visiting their home countries.
With such harsh opinions on immigration many people in the tech sector are looking to move. Lot’s of people claimed they would move to Canada, and now Canada may be giving them the opportunity.
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Canada launched a fast track visa program, targeting technology workers and startups on Monday.
“In a world where people are becoming more and more inward, where there is a rise in populism, there is a lot of Islamophobia, a lot of xenophobia, there’s a lot of anti-immigrant sentiment, Canada is uniquely positioned,” said Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains on the program’s launch at a tech startup accelerator.
At an event launching a startup accelerator, Roy Pereira, the founder of zoom.ai said that Trump’s policies had led to more interest in technology workers moving to Canada than he had ever seen in his 20 year career.
The accelerated visa was originally announced back in November and took effect on Monday. The accelerated program shortens the time for work permits and visas to be issued from a traditional six month period to just two weeks.
“Investment follows talent,” said Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s minister of immigration. “Investment will not come to Canada if the talent is not there,” he said.
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