The United States President, Donald Trump has proposed to ban all non-immigrant visas, including H-1B, due to mounting unemployment levels in the country. The Donald Trump administration has said that it may expand and extend the immigration restrictions on H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and J-1 visa categories, which was implemented on April 22, 2020. With increasing restrictions and strict policies around the H1-b visa, many high-skilled workers are now considering Canada as their next immigration destination.
Trump Administration Halts Work Visa Entries
There are several speculations going around US immigration restrictions, including the work authorization suspension for the H-4 visa holders. The visa restrictions and suspension aren’t just limited to international workers, but also OPT work authorization for STEM students. In fact, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) also plans an application fee hike for H-1B visa to USD $20,000, as the department is experience a shortage of funds due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Skilled Workers and Students Ditch the American Dream for Canada
Considering the ever-expanding immigration restrictions in the U.S., many highly-skilled workers and students are slowly getting over their fascination for America, and choosing Canada immigration as the next best alternative.
Both Canada and the U.S. have different immigration policies and approaches towards newcomers. Canada believes that immigration is a key to their economic success, therefore invites thousands of newcomers, every year. America, on the other hand, also welcomes thousands of immigrants, but with increasing fears that applicants will end up getting caught in the American cultural war and the American politics, many professionals are now thinking of Canada immigration options.
With much affordable application fees, streamlined visa pathways, and quick processing times, Canada has become a go-to immigration destination for thousands of young and talented professionals aspiring to live a secure, peaceful and comfortable life. Canada has no such uncertainty or fears that most immigrants experience in the United States.
A recent example of the US immigration restrictions benefitting Canada is the number of Indian students enrolled in the US declined by more than 25% between 2016-’17 and 2018-’19. Students in the US often complain about the strict immigration policies, making it extremely difficult for them to find jobs and obtain green cards, allowing them a permanent residency status in the U.S. The situation is entirely different in Canada. As an immigration-friendly nation, Canada offers various immigration pathways specifically created for skilled professionals, international students, entrepreneurs, and high net-worth investors. The country also has provincial nominee programs and permanent residency streams for Canadian experience class holders.
Canada and the U.S are neighbouring countries and share the largest border. Both countries are economically strong and developed and have rich cultural diversity. Despite so many similarities, how the two countries create immigration policies and deal with immigrants is totally different.