H1B Visa Policy Restrictions causes Indian Talent to Move to Canada U.S. Lawmakers

The much sought-after, talented Indians are getting attracted towards Canada instead of the United States. The experts on H1B Visa Policy and Immigration stated that these number is huge and largely the effect of outdates H1B Visa policy rules.

The rule that is at the center of this problem is the per-country quota that is adhered to for the issue of employment-based green card or permanent residency. The experts in the field, on July 14th, 2021, urged the U.S. lawmakers to amend the rules as soon as possible before all talent is poached by other countries.

Further talking about the problem, Anderson Sai (The Executive Director of National Foundation for American Policy) said that unless Congress has taken action, Indian’s total backlog for all three employment-based categories will increase from approx 9,15,497 individuals at present to an estimated 21,95,795 individuals by the year 2030.

According to U.S. government data by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) analysis, the number of Indian International students enrolled in graduate-level C.S. (Computer Science), and engineering declined by almost 25 percent between 2016-2017 and 2018-2019.

International students account for 75 percent of the full-time graduate students enrolled in degrees for C.S. In 2016-2017, two-thirds of the international students In U.S. Universities comprised Indians in degrees for C.S.

Wherein Indian students coming to America have declined, on the other hand, similar stats for Canada have increased. According to Canadian Bureau for International Education, the number of Indian students studying in Canadian Universities drastically increased between 2016 to 2018, from 76,075 to 1,72,625, an increase of 127 percent. This is because Canada’s immigration policies are much better in comparison to states’. American policies were established in 1990 before the advent of technology, e-commerce, social media, etc. The world has evolved since then. However, American policies have remained constant. 

In contrast, the Canadian government has continuously tried to make it easy for employers to attract and retain international employees. The Americans lost in the aspect due to numerical restrictions on high-skilled employment visas.

Jennifer Young, CEO of Technology Councils of North America, said in a State that fast-growing Canadian companies are allowed to employ foreign talent most commonly found in America through H1B visas in only about four weeks. Whereas since the American immigration process is paper-based, there is considerable delay in issuing permits.  Thus, now experts in the field and employers are urging Congress to include foreign student visas in dual intent visas to provide them the option of permanent residency. Further, it would enable them to adjust to the post-graduation immigration laws to make things easier for highly skilled graduates.