By: Evelyn Ackah, Immigration Lawyer
Recent changes to United States immigration policies have made Canada a very attractive option for high-tech immigrants. Many highly skilled and educated people who would have previously desired to move to Silicon Valley now see Canada as a desirable destination. The US has recently announced plans to review and change its policies for H-1B visas for skilled workers and encourage the hiring of American workers.
Canada has been actively recruiting skilled and educated immigrants to help build the Canadian economy and create jobs:
- IRCC recently approved the pilot Start-Up Visa Program to encourage entrepreneur immigrants and the Start-up Visa program will become permanent in 2018.
- Canada is developing tech entrepreneurs on the Toronto-Waterloo Corridor and in Vancouver.
- Canada’s Global Skills program initiated a Global Talent Stream program to issue work permits and temporary resident visas in two weeks versus of the current year.
- Ontario plans to launch an ad campaign targeting Silicon Valley in 2017.
- MaRS is a public-private partnership between Canadian tech companies and the Ontario government to create a physical space where made-in-Canada tech ventures can thrive and to attract highly-skilled immigrants.
Evelyn Ackah is the Founder and Managing Lawyer at Ackah Business Immigration Law. She has been practicing law since 1999 and brings her passion and knowledge for immigration law to her corporate and individual clients from all over the world.
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