Everybody is aware about the current White House administration and President Trump’s view over immigration. President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” order raised several questions in the business community. Mainly those sectors who rely on foreign nationals to deliver the jobs.
The travel order ban, threat to cut down on work visas, end of DACA program, border wall are all reflecting President Trump’s strong stance against immigration. This has certainly not been a good news for the Technology sector as they hugely depend on foreign nationals to fill such high skilled job positions.
Tech leaders who are either the children of immigrants or immigrants themselves include Tesla and SpaceX’s Elon Musk, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, Google’s Sergey Brin, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos have time and again raised their concerns with regards to high skilled workers and requested an increase in the statutory limits of work visas.
Owing to these uncertainties, many individuals have found ways to relocate to Canada and have moved their start-up business in Canadian cities.
According to PwC’s MoneyTree Canada report released recently, Canada’s tech startups saw more access to venture capital dollars in the third quarter of 2017 with a 110% increase to $858 million.
Reports also show that the job applications from the U.S. in Canada has grown by approximately 50%.
It has been observed that the Canadian tech industry is marketing itself as a friendlier alternative for immigrants. It has also launched Global Skills Strategy program which will help entrepreneurs to secure work permits for highly skilled foreign workers within just 2 weeks.
The entrepreneur visa program which was expected to go in effect form July this year has been postponed to March 2018. This has also been one of the main reasons for start-up entrepreneurs to relocate in some other country.
We should note that half of the small business in the U.S. are launched by immigrants and in times where countries all over the world are inviting foreign nationals, our Administration is working on ways to lose this precious pool of talents.
Such loss of talent and young professionals will definitely impact the U.S. economy as young companies are source of job creations. Loss of jobs would ultimately lead to negative impacts on the economy.
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