Since the Trump administration has tightened up the regulations for H-1B visa, tech professionals who are holding this type of visa are now considering moving to Canada. One of the most attractive ways for them is the program called Global Skills Strategy. The Canadian government has implemented this pilot program in 2017, which has become permanent to welcome 310,000 new permanent residents in 2018 and 330,000 in 2019.
According to a report called ‘Building a Nation of Innovators’ by the Canadian government, 40,833 jobs and 3,625 applications have been approved for high-skilled immigrants as of November 2018.
StackRaft, a startup that facilitate borderless technology sector recruitment in the US and in Canada, said software professionals are opting for Canada due to liberalized visa regime. Typically, a professional with an H-1B visa would have got an extension for another three years in the US, but new regulations increased scrutiny of these visa holders and new visa applications.
Uncertainty over the H-1B visa extension has been the primary reason some companies have set up offices in Canada and moved people with complex skills such as data analytics. Technology services companies such as TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant and US arms of Tech Mahindra and HCL accounted for nearly two thirds of the 13,177 rejection of H-1B extensions for the top 30 companies, a report said. Learn more about the Global Talent Stream.