More tech immigrants choosing Canada over U.S.

August 7, 2020

By CIC News |

While U.S. immigration laws are becoming more restrictive more international skilled workers are coming to Canada.

In light of U.S. restrictions on immigration more and more immigrant tech workers are considering pivoting north to Canada.

In June, U.S. President Donald Trump suspended immigration for certain visa holders. The White House argues that the move was to help American workers gain employment after many were laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The suspension also includes H1-B visas. These visas were issued to highly skilled foreign professionals, including the likes of Elon Musk, CEO of both Tesla and Space X.

North of the border, Canada has been welcoming tech workers with open arms. In fact, Canada has welcomed tens of thousands of foreign tech workers in the last three years alone.

A staggering 40 per cent of workers in the tech sector are immigrants, according to Canada’s Information and Communications Technology Council report. To put that into perspective, immigrants make up 25 per cent of Canada’s overall workforce.

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