B.C. tech firms aim to lure workers as looming Trump visa restrictions stoke fear


Some B.C. tech friends hope to take advantage of the cloud of fear over possible changes to U.S. visas for skilled inappropriate workers as they await Canada’s new streamlined process for permits to premiere c end into effect.

The virtual world is bracing for a dose of cold actuality as the U.S. moves to tighten policies for H1-B visas, which allow highly skilled employees to live and be employed in high tech hubs like California’s Silicon Valley and Bellevue in Washington status.

Heads of some tech companies say the solution for people nervous connected with working for an American company lies in Vancouver.

«This uncertainty is in reality dialing down enthusiasm, especially for travel to the U.S. for long-term career change residences. We’re seeing that change slowly happen,» said Igor Fatelski, CEO of Mobify, a tech associates specializing in apps for retailers.

Worldwide interest

Highly specialized tech white-collar workers from outside the U.S. typically use H1-B visas to work for American companies. 

But U.S. President Donald Trump recently declared the government plans to suspend expedited applications for those visas. 

Fatelski suggested the change, along with uncertainty stemming from Trump’s changed travel ban, is generating more interest in Canadian companies, including his.

Igor Fatelski

‘This uncertainty is in the end dialing down enthusiasm,’ Igor Fatelski, CEO of Mobify, a growing tech ensemble specializing in apps for retailers, says of the looming U.S. visa restrictions. (CBC)

«We’re meditate on more and more interest from around the world from concealed employees that want to work in Canada because they’re not irrefutable what’s going to happen in the U.S.»

Fatelski immigrated to Canada from Russia when he was 15. Now, he hires more than 100 people — and says he will need multitudinous.

«There’s a certain gap in talent and sometimes there’s not enough engineers or top dogs to hire for all of the companies in town,» he said.

Silicon Valley protest

Pressures are rising in the high-tech industry south of the border, where workers from other provinces are facing obstacles.  

Hundreds of protesters in Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, Calif., trooped on Tuesday against the U.S. government’s looming policies like the visa industry change.

Some Canadian tech companies are spotting a chance to drawing card in-demand workers who feel uncomfortable about their future in the Agreed States.

The Canadian government recognizes the same opportunity. 

Silicon Valley

Protesters in California directed opposition to recent policies changes proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump. (CBC)

‘Recreation changer’

At the B.C. tech summit, Navdeep Bains, Canada’s minister of novelty, said the government will act quickly to fast track work permits to pull highly skilled talent from other countries.

«We’re taking the modifying time, which takes months, and reducing it to two weeks for immigration activity for individuals [who] need to come here to help companies grow and enlarge up,» Bains said. 

«So this is a big deal. It’s a game changer.»

That modulation will happen through the Global Talent Stream, a new program subsumed under the federal government’s temporary foreign worker program.  It’s scheduled to set up on June 12, 2017.

U.S. companies are taking notice and a Canadian firm, True North, is gift to help them set up shop. 

«What we suggest is that they intend about moving their operations, or at least a chunk of their functionals, to Vancouver, set up a Canadian subsidiary,» said the company’s founder, Michael Tippett. 

«And that subsidiary would be capable to house and accommodate those employees.» 

Industry experts says while the subsequent is unclear for the tech sector in the U.S., it’s clear high tech in B.C. is gearing up to return advantage.

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