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Canadian Province Pitching Itself as H-1B Alternative

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The United States isn't the only country struggling with tweaking its immigration process to ensure that highly skilled and/or educated foreigners are allowed to enter the country while not giving them an unfair advantage over native-born residents in competing for jobs, a charge often leveled by opponents of the H-1B visa.

 

In this post from May, I wrote about efforts under way in the UK, Australia and Canada to give increasing weight to potential immigrants' education and employment histories.

 

In the U.S., much was made of Microsoft's announcement last summer that problems in obtaining enough H-1B visas factored into its decision to open a software development center in Vancouver, British Columbia, a Canadian site conveniently close to Microsoft HQ in Redmond.

 

Perhaps inspired by this example, at least one other Canadian province, Alberta, is making it clear that it "welcomes H-1B holders and their families" on its immigration Web site, a fact that ILW.com blogger Greg Siskind calls "just embarrassing" in light of failed efforts to reform the immigration system in the U.S.

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