What could make a software developer trade life in California for Toronto?
Vikram Ragnekar, an Indian-born tech worker who got his education in the US, was triggered by the restrictions placed on tech immigrants who work in the US with an H-1B visa. The restrictions did not allow them to start a company or go on a long holiday. Again, with an H-1B visa, they would have to wait for a long time to get the green card.
The many sentiments on president Trump’s anti-immigration agenda did nothing to help Ragnekar’s case. Two years after making that decision, Ragnekar feels he made the right decision by not subjecting the best years of his life to the harsh realities of a restrictive visa.
Ragnekar is just one of the many tech workers from Silicon Valley who quit their jobs there in search of greener pastures. With the high cost of living and the unwelcoming visa policies of the US government making the US a less favorable place to live and ultimately pushing them away, other countries such as Canada are opening their borders to take them in. In Canada for instance, vacancies for tech jobs are forecast to hit 200,000 by 2020. Canada is banking on the possibility of garnering enough tech talents before the US realizes the effect of its unfavourable immigration policies.
Canada’s immigration-friendly policies hold a lot of prospect
The strategy holds a lot of promise for Canada as Toronto is already brimming with artificial intelligence experts. Other firms too are bursting with promise. One of such firms is Wattpad. Toronto firms had more tech jobs in 2017 with a number that is more than Washington DC, Seattle and the San Francisco Bay area all put together.
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