Canada to Allow H-1B Visa Holders to Work or Study in the Country
- In an official release, the Canadian Ministry of Refugees, Immigration, and Citizenship announces new provisions for H-1B visa holders.
- H-1B holders will have work and study permits in Canada under the new program.
On Tuesday, the immigration minister of Canada, Sean Fraser, announced that the government will create an open work permit stream for 10,000 American H-1B visa holders and their families to work in Canada.
In an official announcement, the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship noted that the new program will also provide study and work permits to the families of H-1B visa holders. The approved applicants under this program will receive an open work permit that will be valid for up to three years. The program will come into effect on July 16, 2023.
Thousands of workers in hi-tech occupations are employed by large-scale companies that are operational both in the USA and Canada. People working in the USA often hold an H-1B specialty occupation visa. Under the new program, H-1B visa holders and their immediate accompanying family members will be able to apply to come to the country and work in Canada.
H-1B visas allow foreign nationals to work temporarily in specialized occupations in the USA, including the tech field. As the tech companies went on a hiring spree during the pandemic, they have started laying off people in large numbers since the recession started to hit the post-pandemic world. This layoff has left many H-B1 visa holders unemployed.
This new announcement from the Canadian Ministry of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship comes as a breath of relief. Under this program, H-B1 visa holders will be able to work for almost any employer in Canada, and their spouses and dependent children will also be able to apply for a temporary residence and study permit.
Fraser also said that by the end of this year, the government will develop an application stream to invite highly talented people from around the world to come and work for the tech companies in Canada, irrespective of whether they have a job or not. However, the eligibility criteria for this new stream are not very clear yet.
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