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July 09, 2007

Hit by visa limits, Microsoft looks to Canada

Here is an example of the consequences of restricting the admission of knowledge workers to the U.S.A.;

From www.Reuters.com, July 6, 2007;

"Microsoft Corp. said Thursday that it would open a software development center in Vancouver, Canada, giving it a place to employ skilled workers barred by U.S. immigration quotas.

It may signal the start of a new hiring trend, with other U.S. high-tech firms following in Microsoft's footsteps to Canada, where lawyers say it is easier for foreign nationals to obtain work credentials.

U.S. businesses want Congress to lift quotas on the number of visas the government issues to skilled professionals such as the software engineers that Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft employs. But as recently as last week lawmakers rejected legislation that would have addressed their concerns. Canada doesn't impose quotas on the number of visas it issues each year...".

Posted by VisaLawyer at July 9, 2007 11:54 AM

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