From the very beginning of election campaign, Mr. Trump has revealed concern about the immigration in the United states, and the whole world is contemplating to see what is going to change. For the start, he has taken decisive aim at the H-1B visa program, competition for which has been already tense. Like this year, in the very first days the government received 199,000 applications and then simply stopped accepting them. To compare, annually, the government admits 85,000 professionals in tech fields.
Mr. Trump is sure that the U.S. employers hire foreign workers to save money, as having higher-paid Americans could be much more expensive. Under his executive order, the employers must assure the arriving employees are more skilled and best-paid immigrant workers.
Such intents to restrict immigration for sure can hurt some of the biggest users of the H-1B program — the outsourcing companies, which invite thousands of immigrants each year on lower salaries.
It will also hurt start-ups and smaller firms with a relatively small money turnover to compete on wages.
Last month the Trump administration said about reducing the number of eligible foreign entrepreneurs to move to the United States to start business.
Thus, now it is obvious to say the business area is driven by immigration. This have become the reason for other countries to try to attract foreign engineers and entrepreneurs who might rely on the American H-1B visa program.
For example, this June Canada introduced a new visa program that makes it easier for companies to recruit foreign specialists, which promises to approve two-year visas in less than two weeks. Moreover, it has no any limit in the number of applicants available, which is pretty good compared to difficulties in receiving H1-B visa.
“Canada is seizing its moment,” said Navdeep Singh Bains, the country’s federal minister of innovation, science and economic development. “We’re open to trade and people.”
Another surprising example is the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, who said: “To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second home.”