H-1B Visa Holders Trooping to CanadaWith the tougher regulations surrounding the US H-1B visa, holders of the visa, software professionals, are finding Canada to be a better opportunity and are especially Indians, hence massively moving to the northern part of North America according to reports. Each year, the US offers 85,000 H-1B visas to technology professionals, the majority of whom are Indians. But in 2017, the government of Canada launched the Global Skills Strategy program with the aim of welcoming 310,000 and 330,000 new permanent residents in 2018 and 2019 respectively. By November 2018, the Canadian government has approved 40,833 jobs and 3,625 applications for high-skilled immigrants according to a report released by the government.

Liberalized Visa Regime

Canada's liberalized visa regime is causing many software professionals to rethink their stay in the US, where Trump is making things difficult, and are opting for Canada, according to a recruitment firm, StackRaft, that aids borderless technology sector recruitment both in Canada and the US. It was a certainty that an H-1B visa holder would get an extension of three years to remain in the US but things have changed since Trump introduced tougher guidelines to scrutinize the visa holders and it has also become more difficult for new applicants to get the visa. Founder of StackRaft, Vartika Manasvi, said a lot of people with visa extension till 2021 and also have OPT status (for people who do a STEM degree in the US) are looking to move to Canada. She said Canada treats these people, largely Indians, especially hence getting faster access. Many companies set up offices in Canada as a result of the uncertainty surrounding the extension of the H-1B visa. With their offices now in Canada, many highly skilled people have also moved to the country. To get your possible Immigration options, approach Immigration News now, and we will also evaluate your profile with our Immigration experts and advise you whether you are qualified to apply or not.

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