Canada Lures Indian Entrepreneurs With New "Startup Visa"
There is very limited availability of green cards and huge numbers of applicants who are often H-1B visa holders. Entrepreneurs, who do not receive the green card on time, often have no choice but to leave US. Utilizing this opportunity, Canada is positioning itself as an appealing alternative.
"We'd rather they start their businesses in Toronto or Vancouver than in Silicon Valley or in Bangalore. We see these people as among the best and brightest, and our immigration reforms are creating a much faster moving and more proactive immigration system that seeks proactively to reach around the world and attract the best and brightest," said Kenney,
California's Silicon Valley in US, which witnesses the biggest catchment areas for tech workers on H-1B visas, has many of them hailing from India. This attractive programme comes as good option for Indian entrepreneurs.
"We became aware of this large pool of highly educated and innovative temporary residents in the United States, typically on H-1 visas who wanted to stay but couldn't… Our message to them is if you're interested eventually in staying in North America on a permanent basis; please think of immigrating to Canada, perhaps through our start-up visa program," added Kenney.
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