Canada Govt. Recieves work permit for H-1B visa holder from US

The Canadian government's decision to allow 10,000 H-1B visa holders in the U.S. to come and work in the country, which is expected to benefit Indian professionals, has received an overwhelming response with the scheme meeting its target within the first day.

7/20/20231 min read

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The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows U.S. companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China. The new work permit for H-1B visa holders officially opened for applications on July 16. The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) now says applicants no longer apply for the scheme as it has been closed.

Approved applicants for the new programme will receive an open work permit of up to three years in duration, which means they will be able to work for almost any employer anywhere in Canada. Their spouses and dependants will also be eligible to apply for a temporary resident visa, with a work or study permit, as needed, the release said.

Tech companies went on a hiring binge during the pandemic but have since started laying people off in large numbers. That's left a lot of H-1B visa holders scrambling to find new jobs before they're forced to leave the U.S., the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported.

Thousands of highly skilled foreign-born workers, including Indians, in the U.S., have lost their jobs due to the series of recent layoffs at companies like Google, Microsoft and Amazon. According to U.S. media reports, nearly 200,000 IT workers have been laid off since November last year.

Industry insiders say that between 30 to 40% of them are Indian IT professionals, a significant number of whom are on H-1B and L1 visas.

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