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Indian techies look to Canada as the American Dream turns into an endless wait for H-1Bs – Quartz

Between 2016 and 2017, the target for Canada’s economic class visas for skilled workers—the category most used by Indian immigrants—was hiked up from 160,600 to 172,500.

Last year, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau announced the fast-track Global Skills Strategy programme which processes applications for those employed in tech occupations in a short span of two weeks. By comparison, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) takes between six and seven months, or longer, to approve the H-1Bs.

H-1B VISA IS ‘OVER’: Highly Skilled Foreign Workers Look To Canada As The US closes its doors – Newsweek

Vikram Rangnekar, the founder of MovNorth.com—a platform that helps foreign workers in the tech industry make the move from the United States to Canada—said his site has attracted thousands of people looking to head north over recent months.


With current wait times, the H-1B is no longer a path to a life in the US – Times of India

My experience on H-1B was pretty great. I lived in THE wonderful California and worked at Linkedin which is as good as it gets. Even back then (2010-2016) over 8 years ago, going from an H-1B to a Greencard took over 10 years. My path was more unusual, after my undergrad in the US I moved to Singapore…


Why Indian entrepreneurs are looking beyond America to fulfill their startup dreams – Forbes

Some Indian entrepreneurs and engineers are actively exploring opportunities in countries that provide attractive citizenship privileges and opportunities to expand businesses. Canada is one example and Toronto is emerging as a popular destination. In his blog, former LinkedIn employee Vikram Rangnekar explains that he chose to give up his H1B visa due to its highly restrictive nature and the long wait for an American green card. The vibrant technology scene and simpler immigration procedure drew Rangnekar to Toronto instead.


Canada becoming an in-demand destination for foreign tech talent – The Globe & Mail

Though he had co-founded two companies previously and worked at LinkedIn’s head office in Silicon Valley for six years, Vikram Rangnekar’s H-1B visa did not allow him to start a company of his own on American soil.

Between the visa restrictions and the soaring cost of living in the Valley, the Indian-born entrepreneur and author decided last year that it was time to move his family to a new country.


I moved from Silicon Valley to Toronto, and now I’m getting others to do the same – Toronto Life

I was born in Bombay, but I moved to the U.S. for college, to study computer science. Once I was done with that, I wanted to found a company, but I couldn’t. I was on a student visa, so it wasn’t legally possible. I moved to Singapore in 2006, because it seemed like a more accepting place, and I built a company there: Socialwok, an enterprise collaboration platform,similar to Slack. We won a TechCrunch competition in 2009


Vikram Rangnekar’s MOV North Aims to Inspire Skilled Immigrants to Move to Toronto – Startup Here Toronto

When one of serial entrepreneur Vikram Rangnekar’s posts about moving from Silicon Valley to Toronto went viral, he realized he struck a nerve. Shortly thereafter he launched MOV North, a membership-based website to share his journey through permanent residency and navigating his new city.


Why you should move to Toronto from Silicon Valley – IT World Canada

If you live in Silicon Valley, chances are Toronto isn’t the first place you’d think of if you’re looking to move. But according to MOVNorth, it should be.

The website, which founder Vikram Rangnekar says aims to be the resource for everything you’d need to know about moving to what is “the best kept secret in North America,” came about after Rangnekar himself decided to consider moving from Silicon Valley to Toronto in 2015 and realized he knew very little about how to go about doing so.

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