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Indians Moving To Canada Due To Outdated H-1B Policy, US Lawmakers Told

Indian expertise is selecting Canada over US, consultants have stated. (Representational)


The a lot sought-after Indian expertise is now getting attracted in the direction of Canada in massive numbers, away from the United States due to its outdated H-1B visa coverage, immigration and coverage consultants have advised US lawmakers.

This is especially due to the per-country quota on issuing employment-based inexperienced card or everlasting residency, the consultants stated on Tuesday, urging the Congress to behave quick to forestall the Indian expertise from shifting to Canada from the United States.

Without Congressional motion, the entire backlog for all three employment-based classes for Indians would enhance from an estimated 9,15,497 people at present, to an estimated 21,95,795 people by fiscal 2030, government director of National Foundation for American Policy Stuart Anderson stated.

“We should let that number sink in: Within a decade, more than 2 million people will be waiting in line for years or even decades for employment-based green cards,” he submitted in his testimony earlier than the House Judiciary Committee-Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship.

Testifying earlier than the panel, Anderson stated that extremely expert international nationals, together with worldwide college students, are selecting Canada over America.

“This has happened in response to how difficult it is to work in the United States in H-1B status or gain permanent residence, and the comparative ease of international students and foreign nationals working in temporary status and then acquiring permanent residence in Canada,” he stated.

The variety of worldwide college students from India enrolled in graduate-level pc science and engineering at US universities declined by greater than 25 per cent between 2016-17 and 2018-19 tutorial years, in keeping with an evaluation of US authorities knowledge by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP).

To place the importance of the decline in context, worldwide college students signify roughly 75 per cent of the full-time graduate college students at US universities in pc science, and within the 2016-17 tutorial yr, two-thirds of the worldwide college students on the graduate degree in pc science at US universities had been from India.

At the identical time fewer Indian college students had been coming to America, the variety of Indian college students attending Canadian universities rose from 76,075 in 2016 to 1,72,625 in 2018, a rise of 127 per cent, in keeping with the Canadian Bureau for International Education, he stated.

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