H1-B Visa changes

H1-B Visa changes

H1-B Visa changes

As per current U.S visa system, companies are submitting applications for H-1B visas for their employees can pay an amount of $1,225 USD more for “premium” processing; it describes a move that guarantees a response from US citizenship and Immigration Services within a maximum of 15 days or else the fees will be refunded.  Non-premium applications approximately take three to six months to process.

However from April 3 this feature will be not available for a time period of 6 months. U.S President Donald Trump has got record breaking denouncing the H-1B system both before and after his elections to office, as being termed as “very bad for [American] workers.”

After a submission period H-1B visas are allocated by lottery and number of applicants has increased over these years. Last year, the demand for visas was thrice than the annual quota.

The contrast with Canada

On March 9, Canadian Government has announced that it will soon start a two week processing time standard for few skilled foreign nationals looking for working in Canada. The new Global Talent Stream for Temporary Foreign Worker Program is scheduled to start from June 12, 2017. This initiative, which explains as part of an overarching Global Skills Strategy, Canadian Companies with this will be able to bring highly-skilled international workers more efficiently and quickly. The technical sectors particularly experience the boost significantly.

As per Information and Communications Technology Council, Canada will need an additional of 200,000 Information, technology and communications workers by the year 2020. Among other aims than this the global skills Strategy aim to increase those labor shortages over the coming years.

Permanent immigration to Canada

Despite the fact that there is steady flow of new permanent residents visiting Canada from the U.S., there has been a reasonable increment in the general level of enthusiasm for Canada’s Permanent Immigration programs by U.S. occupants over these months. This might be described to a scope of components, including political, social, and financial changes that have occurred.

Therefore, U.S. foreign workers staying on H-1B visas — and additionally people who were planning to get such a visa, however who are presently less certain — may look to Canada as alternate place. H-1B workers are generally well educated and, by excellence of having worked in the U.S., have typically created or aced their English capability and have added skilled work experiences in their resume. Numerous H-1B holders additionally work with substantial multinationals that have mark brand awareness in Canada, an element that may upgrade their capacity to arrive employment in the nation. Moreover, many are in their twenties to mid-thirties. These variables can be richly allotted to Canada’s economic immigration programs.

Take, for instance, a single 30 year-old H-1B visa holder with brilliant English abilities, a Bachelor’s Degree, and three years of work experience. This individual would be qualified to enter Canada’s Express Entry immigration system through the Federal Skilled Worker Class. In this process, he or she would be granted 436 Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) points. In the latest draw from the Express Entry pool of applicants, this would have been sufficient points for such a applicant to be granted an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canada’s permanent residence.

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of the Canadian Dream

A month ago, the generally cherished commentator Scott Gilmore wrote an esaay  for Maclean’s magazine titled ‘The American Dream has moved to Canada’, stating that:

‘Where do you go now for “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”? Every aspect of the American dream is now more easily found in Canada. In the United States, 46 per cent of the population has been able to obtain a college degree — in Canada it’s 59 per cent . . . You are more likely to afford a house with a white picket fence in Canada, where home ownership rates are five per cent higher. Canadians also have more time to enjoy their homes, as they work over 80 hours fewer per year — and they take an extra three days’ vacation . . . By virtually every measure, Canada has surpassed the United States as the shining city on the hill, where everyone is safe to reach their potential. And people around the world have begun to notice.’

Residents of Canada also have less personal debt, greater social mobility, and can enjoy a political and social climate that, by any yardstick, is more conciliatory and respectful than in the U.S.
“There is a significant increase of foreign nationals in the U.S. who are looking to Canada – people currently on H-1B visas, from countries like India,” says Attorney David Cohen.
“In addition, there are other foreign nationals who may have had their heart set on moving to the U.S. to develop their careers, perhaps following the path set by family and friends before them. Now this pathway may be more difficult to navigate, and even if it is navigable, the rewards may not be as rewarding as what they may have been once upon a time.

“Fortunately for these foreign nationals, the North American Dream is very much alive . . . in Canada. I would encourage existing and potential workers in the U.S. to look seriously at immigrating to Canada, or working here for a period before potentially settling permanently down the line.”