(403) 452-9515

Ackah Law

Search Ackah Law...

Contact us

Contact Information

1 (403) 452-9515

1 (800) 932-1190

Book a Consultation

More Options...

New US Immigration Policies Benefit Canadian Employers

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in How To Move To Canada

New US Immigration Policies Benefit Canadian Employers

Two recent changes in United States immigration policies potentially benefit Canadian employers as the may convince even more foreign professionals to set their immigration hopes on Canada. Highly-coveted tech workers which employers in both countries are recruiting are finding it more difficult to get work visas in the U.S. - or fear an unwelcoming environment to live, work and raise their families:

1. The Trump administration expanded the ‘travel ban’ to more countries

2. The Trump administration canceled Global Entry enrollment for New Yorkers over immigration laws

Canada and NAFTA U.S. immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah explained that what the U.S. travel ban and trusted traveler program cancellations do not apply to Canadians, they have two more negative impacts on the perception foreign tech workers have on United States immigration:

Many skilled, educated foreign workers are seeing Canada as a realistic and welcoming alternative to immigration to America. Canada does not restrict travel or immigration by country of origin or nationality or religion. Many skilled and tech immigrants are finding it more challenging to get a U.S. visa. Applicants for H-1B visas are frustrated, and turning to Canada as an attractive alternative. Our immigration system emphasizes family reunification and economic growth. Canada welcomes immigrants who meet the criteria set forth by the IRCC to help build a stronger Canada.

DHS Freezes Trusted Traveler Programs
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suspended 5 federal Trusted Traveler Programs - Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, and FAST - in New York on February 5, 2020. The freeze which took effect immediately is in response to the state's new laws that allow undocumented immigrants to get a New York driver's license and block US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from reviewing state driver's license records.

NEXUS is used by people who frequently cross the U.S.-Canada border, including those who live on one side and work on the other.
FAST — short for Free and Secure Trade — is for commercial trucks entering and exiting the U.S. from Canada and Mexico.

Anyone living in New York who already has Global Entry or one of the other programs that allow travelers to quickly enter the country's airports and borders will not be affected. But anyone living in the state of New York who is waiting for federal approval to enroll or renew their fast-entry membership could be waiting indefinitely.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said more than a dozen states and Washington, D.C, have already passed laws similar to the New York law, and that the state will sue the federal government for "an abuse of power."

6 More Countries Added to Travel Ban
Nigeria, Myanmar, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan and Tanzania were added to the list of countries with travel restrictions that block immigration from Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria, and the Muslim country of Myanmar, as well as four other countries, effective February 22, 2020. The expansion of the U.S. travel ban is projected to prevent more than 12,300 potential immigrants in the next year from resettling, finding work or reuniting with their families in the United States.

Canadian dual citizens are not affected by the new travel ban because dual nationals from the affected countries can travel as usual with a passport from a country not on the list. Visitors to Canada are not affected by the U.S. travel ban unless their trip also includes visiting the United States.

Learn More:


Evelyn Ackah

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

More About Evelyn Ackah

Indian Tech Workers Targeting Canada Tech Employers

Tightening United States immigration regulations are making Canada the first-choice destination for highly skilled and educated Indian technology workers. 85,000 Indian immigrants ...

Read More

H-1B Visa Denied? Try Nearshoring to Canada!

Fewer skilled foreign workers are able to get an H-1B visa, and businesses are looking for alternatives. A new H-1B process went into effect in 2020, including an additional USCIS ...

Read More

Episode 11: Can You #Megxit to Canada? How Brits and Americans Can Move to Canada

Right now there's a very active hashtag going around called #Megxit. It relates to Meghan Markel and Prince Harry and their rumored move to Canada and departure from the royal family. ...

Read More

Canada Is Winning the Global War for High-Tech Workers

Canada is winning the global war for tech workers, says National Public Radio (NPR), the United States' premier public radio channel: The tech industry across Canada is booming. ...

Read More

Financial Times Interviews Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah on #Megxit: How will Canada's Point-Based Immigration System Impact Prince Harry and Meghan Markle?

Canada immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah spoke to the Financial Times about #Megxit and how Canada's point-based immigration system impacts Prince Harry and Meghan Markle:“Were ...

Read More

Global News Interviews Immigration Lawyer Evelyn Ackah on #Megxit: How will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stay in Canada?

Immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah spoke to Global News about #Megxit and residency options for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: “As long as they maintain their visitor status, for instance, ...

Read More

Regina and Evelyn, We have just received our passport back and are going to somewhere to do the landing soon. Thanks a lot for all the service you provided!

- Yuxin

View All Testimonials