Thursday, July 17, 2008

Canada Welcomes U.S. H-1B Skilled Workers

According to Tennessee immigration lawyer Greg Siskind, "While our Congress buries its head in the sand and refuses to update our antiquated skilled immigration system, our neighbors to the north are seeking to take advantage of the paralysis. This is just embarrassing."

Alberta, Canada is now actively recruiting dissatisfied high-skilled H-1B workers in the U.S. (discouraged by sometimes waiting 7 or 8 years for a green card), by promising expedited Permanent Residency in Canada.

HT: Richard Herman.


At 7/17/2008 10:47 AM, Blogger GW South said...

This is interesting. I lived in Canuckistan for 8 years, and I knew two doctors who couldn't practice. One was my Mandarin teacher, who graduated from Peking Medical school in China and was a brain surgeon. The other was a parent of a friend who graduated from the top med school in Middle East (can't recall name. Neither were allowed to practice medicine without going to med school again, even though both had been practicing doctors for years.

This is going on while Canada has a massive doctor shortage, far worse than ours. Just an interesting tidbit.

At 7/17/2008 11:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's still a free market out there. skilled persons is now as hot a commodity as oil and cereals. so there will be more competition from around the globe for these workers. US has been traditionally competitive at atracting smart people to its shores but other countries are getting it as well.

At 7/17/2008 1:01 PM, Blogger bobble said...

to find out why we DON'T need them read The Declining Value
Of Your College Degree - WSJ

"For decades, the typical college graduate's wage rose well above inflation. But no longer. In the economic expansion that began in 2001 and now appears to be ending, the inflation-adjusted wages of the majority of U.S. workers didn't grow, even among those who went to college. The government's statistical snapshots show the typical weekly salary of a worker with a bachelor's degree, adjusted for inflation, didn't rise last year from 2006 and was 1.7% below the 2001 level."

At 7/17/2008 4:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the worst problems with the H-1B system is that foreign college graduates must leave the country before asking for permanent residency. Frequently, they don't come back. Instead of using their newfound talents here to enrich us, they enrich their home country. It's difficult to imagine a more stupid system.

At 7/17/2008 5:32 PM, Blogger Matt S said...

I'm glad the albertans are going for skilled workers. Last time my cousins visited their family over there, the depiction I was given was "a bunch of people rich off their ass from oil money but easy money makes for stupid, boring, and (often drug addled young) people over there."

At 7/17/2008 11:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Most of our gold medals in the last Olympics were won by Albertans. This is probably the smartest and most focused part of the country.

At 7/19/2008 1:53 PM, Blogger bobble said...

Professor Perry, is the intention to flood an already weak job market with cheaper labor to bring down wages? You should come right out and say that.

Why pretend its about US education and a shortage of college educated US workers, when it's clearly not.

Real College Grad Wages Plummet 5.5%

real median weekly earnings of workers with a bachelor’s degree fell 5.5% from last year.

Not only should we stop improrting more H1B's, let's send half of the ones that are already here back home!

At 8/02/2008 10:50 AM, Blogger Kent Carter said...

No offense to Peking Medical school, I don't know their specific standards but the reason people with medical degrees from overseas need retraining is because standards aren't the same everywhere around the world.

Alberta is doing something right but the fact that per capita spending is $10,000/a is a bit concerning to me. Resource revenues don't last forever and I'm a bit curious as to how the government plans to make up the shortfall in the future.


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