TORONTO, Feb. 6, 2017 /CNW/ - President Trump's "America First" immigration rule changes are probably not going to hurt Canadians' chances of moving south with an H-1B visa, predicts Rosanna Berardi, managing partner of Berardi Immigration Law in Buffalo.
"He understands why American companies recruit highly educated Canadian university graduates, especially in the science, technology, engineering and medical (STEM) fields. American businesses need these people," says Ms. Berardi, whose clients include Canadian high tech firms and film producers sending people south.
She's learned there's another Executive Order being reviewed right now. It's titled "Executive Order on Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs." The draft says:
Our country's immigration policies should be designed and implemented to serve, first and foremost, the U.S. national interest. In particular, visa programs for foreign workers … should be administered in a manner that protects the civil rights of American workers and current lawful residents, and that prioritizes the protection of American workers — our forgotten working people — and the jobs they hold.
The Trump administration has not responded to requests for comment on the draft, but the proposal is consistent with the President's public campaign promises related to immigration.
"American companies see skilled worker visas as a signature policy issue they fought to protect and expand. I am optimistic that the Trump administration will view H-1B, L-1, H-2A, E-2, B-1 visas as good for the U.S., helping American companies to prosper with Canadian talent," says Ms. Berardi.
"But we see the President reaching out to business leaders, pushing them to improve their American operations. That makes it even more important that businesses recruit the most qualified people," she adds.
"I believe immigrants from Canada who invest in the USA will still be welcomed," says Ms. Berardi. "And as far as renegotiating NAFTA visas and changing rules, all we can do is wait and see."
SOURCE Berardi Immigration Law
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