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Trump's Immigration Policy Has Foreign Tech Talent Looking North of the Border


Akshaya Murali moved to Toronto after living in the U.S. for 10 years and facing uncertainty about her visa there.

President Trump has promised to reduce the number of H-1B visas granted; Canadian businesses see an opportunity to lure international tech talent north of the border.

Credit: Michelle Siu/The Washington Post

President Trump has promised to reduce the number of H-1B visas granted, which currently allow 85,000 foreigners annually to work in "specialty occupations" in the U.S.

Meanwhile, Canadian businesses see an opportunity to lure international tech talent north of the border.

Some Canadian entrepreneurs are going to Silicon Valley to persuade companies that rely on foreign tech workers to move to Canada.

In 2017, the Canadian government launched the Global Talent Stream, a program designed to fast-track work authorization for those with job offers in high-skill fields such as science and technology; to date, more than 2,000 companies have applied to hire Talent Stream workers, according to the governmental Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.

Moving2Canada.com editor Hugo O’Doherty said noncitizens in the U.S. “don’t know if they will be able to stay, if their spouse will be able to work, if their kids will have a pathway to citizenship,” adding that in his experience, Canada appeals to people who want stability.

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