Canada’s visa program adds a large number of tech workers after Trump ban immigrants

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

28th Jun, 2020. 09:51 am

A fast-track visa programme that Canada launched in 2017 has attracted a growing number of tech workers, and U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest immigration crackdown is set to further boost intake once COVID-19 restrictions ease.

“The fact that people started contacting me pretty much the next day is perhaps a suggestion that there are going to be more interested,” a lawyer said.

U.S. technology companies including Amazon.com, Alphabet, Facebook and Netflix have in recent years expanded their Canadian operations, although most companies declined to comment on how Trump’s recent announcement will impact their hiring plans.

Tobi Lutke, the chief executive officer of Canadian e-commerce company Shopify, was quick to tout the Canada’s attraction following Trump’s immigration move.

“The programme has made it possible to hire top talent beyond our borders,” said Sandeep Anand, senior lead at Shopify.

He also added that it has helped relocate employees to Canada.

The majority of approved applicants to the fast-track visa programme were computer programmers and interactive media developers, followed by information systems analysts and consultants, the IRCC data shows.

Indian citizens accounted for 62.1% of successful applicants to the fast-track programme.

Nearly 1,000 U.S. citizens also have seen their applications approved.

The GSS data only covers the period up to March of this year, just before broader immigration in Canada fell got affected due to border closures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

One of the Immigration Lawyers in Ottawa said the programme is going to see a surge of applications.

“Whenever one door shuts, the other door is sought.”

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