Canada Welcomes Immigrants Banned from the U.S.

June 29, 2020 | United States of America

In response to the Trump Administration’s recent immigration ban on select green card and nonimmigrant foreign worker visa applications, Canada announced that it is welcoming of global talent.

On June 22, 2020, President Trump signed an executive order restricting H-1B, H-2B, H-4, select categories of J and L nonimmigrant visas applicants abroad. Effective June 24, 2020, the executive order effectively limits the number of foreign nationals entering the U.S. for employment. June’s also executive order extends Proclamation 10014, initially issued on April 22, 2020, that suspended select incoming green card applications. The executive order is effective through December 31, 2020 and possibly longer.

The Trump Administration has called for a ban on immigration to support American workers and reports that the ban will stimulate the country’s economy by reserving approximately 525,000 jobs for U.S. workers. However, Canada believes that bringing in foreign workers will benefit their nation’s economy, not harm it. Therefore, Canada is welcoming temporary foreign workers, international students, and other immigrants who cannot enter the U.S. due to the president’s ban. Canada is granting entry to immigrants through several pathways including the Provincial Nominee Program, Express Entry, and the Global Talent Stream, which allows skilled workers to enter the country on a temporary visa.

Canada’s decision to encourage immigration follows a record-breaking year in 2019 of admitting new Canadian permanent residents. While the country does not have specific goals for the number of foreign workers and temporary students that it admits through 2020, it expected to gain over 341,000 new permanent residents this year before the COVID-19 pandemic, including approximately 85,000 highly skilled workers.