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WashPost: Canada Lures Tech Workers Amid US Uncertainty

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the Google Canada Development headquarters in Kitchener, Ontario. (Nathan Denette/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 10 January 2019 10:40 PM

The Trump administration's immigration policies are causing a stream of foreign-born workers to move to Canada and become permanent residents there.

According to The Washington Post, a new industry is helping tech workers move from expensive Silicon Valley to various locations in Canada — and the entire process takes just weeks.

Focusing on a handful of individual cases, the Post details how Canadian entrepreneurs approach tech companies in California about relocating their foreign-born workers to north of the border. If all parties agree, the company works with the Canadian government to move people and families to their new homes as Canadian citizens.

In other examples, Canadian brokers convince foreigners to move to Canada for high-skilled jobs before their U.S. paperwork is finalized.

The Trump administration has ordered a review of America's legal immigration policies, which include the H-1B visa program. Talk of potential changes and delays to the process have made foreign-born workers anxious as they either wait for a visa to be issued or prepare for visa renewals — which could potentially be denied.

Canada is now swooping in and trying to lure those workers to the north.

"Our turnaround to bring a foreign worker to Canada is under four weeks. It's typically longer for them to pack up their stuff," Irfhan Rawji, who founded the company MobSquad to relocate workers to Canada, told the Post.

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A stream of foreign-born workers are moving to Canada to become permanent residents there amid the Trump administration's immigration policies, The Washington Post reported.
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Thursday, 10 January 2019 10:40 PM
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