Some B.C. tech companies hope to take advantage of the cloud of fear over possible changes to U.S. visas for skilled foreign workers as they await Canada’s new streamlined process for permits to come into effect.
The virtual world is bracing for a dose of cold reality as the U.S. moves to tighten policies for H1-B visas, which allow highly skilled workers to live and be employed in high tech hubs like California’s Silicon Valley and Bellevue in Washington state.
Heads of some tech companies say the solution for people nervous about working for an American company lies in Vancouver.
“This uncertainty is really dialing down enthusiasm, especially for travel to the U.S. for long-term career moves. We’re seeing that change slowly happen,” said Igor Fatleski, CEO of Mobify, a tech company specializing in apps for retailers.