Dysfunctional U.S. Immigration System Exploited by Canada to Boost Economy

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Mon, Aug 11th, 2014 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

One of the difficulties companies such as Microsoft or Facebook face when bringing talented engineers on board is the "dysfunctional U.S. system" that "makes it difficult, and sometimes impossible" for foreign workers to obtain a visa.

Employment and Social Development Minister Jason Kenney has had no shame in admitting Canada is "aware of the issue" and will "make no bones" in taking full advantage of it.

"We're seeking very deliberately to benefit from the dysfunctional American immigration system," Jason Kenney said recently, when asked about a year-old campaign that erected giant "Pivot to Canada" billboards in the San Francisco Bay-area advertising directly to foreign nationals blocked from obtaining H-1B visas.

Offering permanent residency, the Canadian government launched a special "start-up visa" last year to facilitate the arrival of young entrepreneurs, and will open another stream this January.

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