US Muslim Ban is Canada’s Golden Opportunity: Canada Recruits Brilliant Minds for High Tech Industry
While the U.S. decides what to do about the executive order that puts a ban on legal residents who work and study in the country, Canada has been happily reaching out to those wondering about their future. Tens of thousands of company executives have signed an open letter asking for interested individuals to work for them in the tech industry. The letter begins by stating “The Canadian tech community comprises many different nationalities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, mental and physical abilities, and perspectives. We believe that this diversity is a source of strength and opportunity.”
Canada has long been outpaced and outcompeted by America’s dominance in Silicon Valley but now sees a way to recruit top talent for existing firms as well as start ups. The H-1B Visa is the document that allows foreign born immigrants to work in the United States. Every year approximately 85,000 people are brought in for their top skills and abilities. Put simply, there are not enough American workers with the level of talent as those around the world and the H-1B Visa allows the tech industry to stay on the cutting edge. Now, those in Silicon Valley are terrified that their pool of brilliant minds will go elsewhere like Canada. In an industry where innovation is supreme, these are desperate times and many American firms are willing to spend thousands of dollars per employee to keep them on staff while they figure out residency issues.
Today, Congress confirmed the controversial Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, making the future of U.S. public schools bleaker than ever. This means better and more highly educated immigrants will be needed if America wishes to remain on the forefront of technology.