With the employment-based immigration programs in the US falling immensely, companies have been turning to Canada, a friendly country, as an alternative, seeking foreign talents in the nation’s race to be a more powerful technology hub.
In a recent Harris poll, 65% of employers expressed that immigration policy in Canada is considered to be more favorable than the US.
Harris was enlisted by a tech firm Envoy to survey more than 400 companies of different industries in the US. It was seen that there was agitation among the American companies that relied on the Immigration programs to fill their shortages in the tech field.
Canada on the rise
According to the CBRE report, more tech jobs were added by Toronto than Washington DC, Seattle and Silicon Valley combined. This is not surprising as the country has been marketing itself with its accommodating immigration policy, especially when it was announced that the country plans to receive about 350,000 foreign migrants yearly.
From Envoy’s survey, 35% of the employers said that more employees are being sent to Canada and more immigrants are being hired. Also, 38% of companies have considered expanding their businesses in Canada.
Meanwhile in the United States
Since the announcement of the “Buy American, Hire American” executive order, President Trump has been firmly controlling the US legal immigration system.
Programs like H-1B visa, which has gone through changes have made some companies jumpy, especially the big technology companies which drew its benefits from there. Only 12% of survey respondents replied that the Immigration system in the US had no impact on their companies.
Inefficiency and uncertainty were the most commonly cited frustrations received by the Immigration process.
Despite all the concerns regarding the Immigration policy in America, about 80% of employers still hold an exception that their foreign citizens’ headcount will either increase or remain the same in 2019.
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