New Ukraine to Canada program announced: Learn about the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET), the new temporary Canadian visa option for Ukrainians. Live, Work, and Study in Canada for Ukrainians under the CUAET!Learn More
To see our website filtered by an specific destination, select the country: You’re seing the content related to that we can help you with immigration journey. If you want to see a specific destination, immigration journey. If you want to see a different destination, click here

US Tech Workers Moving To Canada in 2020

By Michael Niren September 14, 2014 (Updated September 23, 2020) 3 min. read
tech worker

Similar to the United States, Canada’s technology is continuously growing and offers plenty of occupational opportunities to those tech workers looking to settle there. Canada is more open to bright and talented individuals looking to launch their careers or start-up businesses in the tech field. In 2019, the tech employment increasing by nearly 60,000 positions and now in total has 1.72 million workers in the tech industry.

Learn more about Canada tech industry jobs in 2020!

Why Is The US Losing Its Tech Workers to Canada?

Currently, most immigrants are able to work in the US by acquiring an H-1B visa which is currently suspended for the rest of the year, with just 65,000 of these being issued on an annual basis. This type of visa requires employer sponsorship, so self-employed entrepreneurs and start-ups are out of the question.

Founder of Columbus Consulting Group, Isabelle Marcus, said:

“The US has adopted a restrictive approach towards visas. It’s quite detrimental to US businesses who are looking to hire young, talented people with skills that are needed in the US.”

However, there are plenty ready to advocate immigration reform. And they are currently seeking to introduce a start-up visa allowing people like Madhuri to legally live and work in the US. A version of this reform was passed in The Senate in 2013 but has since stalled in the House.

Canada’s Start-up Visa Program, which launched in April last year, has been welcoming entrepreneurs where the US has failed. Much of the tech talent understandably chose to move up north.

Take Madhuri Eunni, featured by CNN Money for example. Madhuri originally hails from Hyderabad, India, and has spent almost a decade in the US tech industry. Despite this, neither firm she worked for were able to sponsor her for a green card.

Bright spark Madhuri has a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering. Yet as an Indian citizen she could have been waiting up to five years for an EB2 green card because of the backlog.

Canada’s Approach

In stark contrast to the US, the Canadian start-up visa does not mandate employer sponsorship. However, applicants do require an investment of at least $75,000 from a Canadian ‘angel’ investor. Or $200,000 via a specific Canadian venture capital fund. Other requirements include language proficiency are also to be taken on-board. But as long as these are fulfilled, the Canadian start-up visa paves the way to full-residency, and those suitable can apply for citizenship after three years.

Annually, there are only 2,750 Canadian start-up visas available. But that’s still 2,750 opportunities for people who are looking to start a challenging career. The first two applicants to be accepted were Ukrainian entrepreneurs.

US regulations are currently making it very difficult for entrepreneurs to legally stay in the country, which is in turn costing the US jobs and revenue. A recent study showed H-1B denials in 2007/2008 led to the US losing out on 231,224 tech jobs. That’s earnings of about $3 billion.

Top Canadian Cities to Settle for Tech Workers

Tech worker opportunities are available in many cities in Canada, but here are some of the top cities to start your search:

Looking to Immigrate to Canada as a Tech Worker?

If you find yourself interested in immigrating to Canada, Contact VisaPlace today. All of our cases are handled by competent and experienced immigration professionals who are affiliated with VisaPlace. These professionals consist of lawyers, licensed paralegals, and consultants who work for Niren and Associates an award-winning immigration firm that adheres to the highest standards of client service.

Ready for the next step? Book your 1 on 1 consultation now or call us at 1-888-317-5770.

Have a Question related to your Immigration Needs?

Fill out the FREE Immigration Assessment form and get a response within 24 hours to see if you’re eligible.

The assessment form should take approximately 5-7 minutes to complete. We will get back to you within one business day to let you know if we are able to help.

Peter Gianakas Avatar

Peter Gianakas

I had a great experience with Andrew Diamond from The Visa Place. Andrew was very knowledgable and helped us every step of the way. When we had a discrepancy with my spouse’s Visa Andrew helped us navigate the system in the USA. He even offered to speak directly to the customs and border control officer to help us iron out the situation. Overall the experience was very good and smooth. I highly recommend Andrew and his services at The Visa Place.

Vanessa Gomes Avatar

Vanessa Gomes

I spoke with Lilly last week and she’s incredible. Very informative and you can tell she definably cares about her job. She wasn’t pushy at all and she’s there to help you figure out if this service is right for you. I’d recommend contacting VisaPlace if you’re thinkin of traveling internationally and you have questions about the different types of permits.

TK B Avatar

TK B

Great firm. They helped me with my visa at a reasonable cost. They were very responsive and most importantly compassionate about my situation. I have no hesitation to recommend them to others

Nirmal Singh Avatar

Nirmal Singh

Really the best immigration law firm. I got visa with their help, they helped me at every step. They answered every single question. I ‘d recommend 10/10

Krista Sparkes Avatar

Krista Sparkes

Extremely satisfied with the professionalism, expertise, efficiency, speed and thoroughness at which my file was managed. Fadi & Danielle are true class acts! Their response times were fantastic (especially during a high-stress period), their quality of work was phenomenal, and their willingness to go the extra mile (without hidden costs, no less!) to prepare me for my work permit interview was unmatched. I strongly recommend VisaPlace to anyone seeking legal counsel as it relates to cross-border services. Highest Regards, Krista

ksaumure Avatar

ksaumure

Very good personal experience with this law firm. I am a Canadian and had overstayed a visa in the US and received a bar. Attorneys and staff were extremely knowledgeable. I was given accurate information with no false hopes. My case was completed and approved 3 months faster than expected. Overall, very satisfied with this firm and would highly recommend them. When you are in need of immigration assistance, it can be grave and critical to get help from someone who can be trusted – this firm is certainly trustworthy and will do whatever they can to get your case approved.

EDIT: Another great experience 5 years later with waiver renewal/lifting of my bar from the US. Very reasonable fees for the challenge of dealing with US immigration during Covid and new immigration laws. Another successful outcome with only a minor snag (not related to lawfirm). My bar was lifted and I am now free to travel to the US at will. Very satisfied.

Allan Karumazondo Avatar

Allan Karumazondo

Thank You VisaPlace for your assistance in my study permit and a special mention To Alejandra,Nadia,Victoria and Khushboo . You are professional and make the process so easy and you provided me with answers to my questions through out the process. Thank you and I recommend you try this guys they are a team of professionals

VisaPlace is the perfect place to start your path to immigration.