Silicon Valley Plans to Move Many of Its Foreign-Born Employees to Vancouver

February 3, 20178:50 am318 views

Here’s a back-up plan for many U.S start-ups, they can plan to move their foreign-born employees to Vancouver, following the executive order imposed by the Trump government to overhaul among many other things – the H1B work-visa that U.S based tech companies have solely relied on since long, to source brightest talent from international markets to build up on their ranks.

According to the confirmed administration order, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said, this is part of a larger immigration effort, post Trump’s ban targeting immigrants and refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries, TechCrunch reports.

According to Bloomberg, the draft proposal states that: “Our country’s immigration policies should be designed and implemented to serve, first and foremost, the U.S. national interest. Visa programs for foreign workers … should be administered in a manner that protects the civil rights of American workers and current lawful residents, and that prioritizes the protection of American workers — our forgotten working people — and the jobs they hold.”

When the executive order is put to effect is an open question, however until then a small group of cofounders of U.S start-ups have banded together to make it easier for U.S companies to create subsidiaries in Canada and move their U.S based employees to Vancouver-based office. All this in what they describe to happen within weeks and not months, while not creating a non-profit for the noble cause.

They have instead formed a company called True North that’s right now offering a $6,000 package that includes airfare for one person to Vancouver, two nights of accommodations, and a day with “world-class immigration professionals who will walk you through the process and answer any questions you have.”

See: Strict Liability on Employers Hiring Foreign Workers in Malaysia

Looking at this, the bigger picture is quite interesting for employees and employers alike. Wherein, employees can keep jobs with their current employers, while the companies can easily set up their subsidiary in Canada that provides them with a protected status, in the event U.S changes its employment regulations.

Also Bloomberg in its recent report noted, Google, Microsoft and Amazon having their subsidiary in Canada, where they offer positions to workers while they wait to obtain clearance to live and work in the U.S.

With Canada’s technology community being more receptive to the idea of welcoming more foreign tech talent, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emphasising that Canada will and must remain inclusive to all nationalities.

Past weekend, dozens of Canada’s tech CEOs signed a letter asking Canada to offer immediate entry visas to those hit by the order. Part of the letter reads as: “The Canadian tech community also calls on the Canadian federal government to institute an immediate and targeted visa providing those currently displaced by the US Executive Order with temporary residency in Canada. This visa would allow these residents to live and work in Canada with access to benefits until such time as they can complete the application process for permanent residency if they so choose.”

Also read: Employment of Foreigners in Indonesia

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