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Immigration minister says Canada is open after Trump freezes visas

The CanadaVisa Team - 24 June, 2020

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Talented workers, executives and tech personnel are urged to choose Canada as their next destination.

“Come to Canada.” This is what immigration minister Marco Mendicino said when asked on the immigration suspension south of the border.

Whereas Donald Trump has brought immigration to the U.S. to a halt, Canada is still committed to welcoming immigrants from around the world.

The U.S. president signed an executive order that would affect more than half a million people. The order will prevent new permanent residents and temporary workers from coming to the U.S.

Many businesses will be affected too. Shopify’s founder and CEO Tobi Lütke suggested on Twitter that Canada should also be an option for immigration and that the company is hiring.

This move also includes H1-B visas, a visa type granted to temporary foreign workers in specialty occupations, famously in the tech sector.

Suspending immigration will help Americans who are financially struggling due to COVID-19 find employment post-pandemic, the White House said.

However, the American administration may be taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to limit immigration. This may be true given the president’s history of anti-immigration rhetoric.

Canada committed to immigration

This is not the first time the immigration minister has shown Canada’s commitment to immigration, suggesting consistency on the issue.

Mendicino believes that immigration to Canada will play an influential role in the recovery of the Canadian economy post-pandemic.

Canada has continued to welcome immigrants through Express Entry draws, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).

In addition, temporary foreign workers are exempt of the travel restrictions put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Canada had looked to welcome over 340,000 immigrants in 2020 alone, according to the 2020-2022 immigration levels.

Temporary foreign workers have various options for pathways to permanent residence. International students also have options for pathways to permanent residence upon completion of their study program.

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