While America closes the door, Canada could open a window for high-tech workers and start-up entrepreneurs hit by President Donald Trump’s travel ban, internal federal government documents suggest.
Documents prepared for former Immigration Minister John McCallum suggest the Trump’s election could lead to increased immigration from entrepreneurs and workers in the high-tech sector.
“In certain sectors in the U.S., there is a large pool of temporary residents (including start-up entrepreneurs) who historically have had difficulty securing permanent residency in the U.S.,” the documents, obtained under access to information law, read.
“Any proposed measures to ease the immigration process for temporary residents in the U.S., such as start-up entrepreneurs, are unlikely to proceed under the Trump administration. Canada’s Start-Up Visa could provide an attractive alternative for these applications.”
Email records show that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship analysts began work on the briefing on Nov. 9 – the day after Trump stunned the world by winning the presidential election.
One analyst notes that it was “early” to speculate on how a Trump administration would actually change immigration policy. But the documents show an “urgent” request for a briefing was made that morning, examining:
- -“Potential benefits that may be realized from the election results (e.g. economic immigration, Express Entry, etc.”
- “Potential ramifications for Mexico and … visa work, and the strong security agenda/focus on border security and info-sharing with the U.S.”
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