America is losing talent to Canada because of outdated and restrictive U.S. immigration policies. That was the message delivered at a House Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee hearing held on July 13, 2021.
“If we want to compete in an increasingly global and technology‑driven marketplace, we have to do what we’ve failed to do for the past 30 years, and that’s reform the immigration system so that it is responsive to the changing needs of our country,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), chair of the House Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee Committee. “The last major overhaul of our legal immigration system occurred in 1990. Meanwhile, other countries, like Canada, have made great strides in building flexibility and recruitment incentives into their systems to attract highly skilled immigrants, including those whom we cannot accommodate.”
Highly skilled foreign nationals, including international students, are choosing Canada over America because it is difficult to gain H-1B status or permanent residence in the United States, and easy to work in temporary status and acquire permanent residence in Canada.
Stuart Anderson, Forbes, July 15, 2021
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