What country comes to your mind first when you are thinking about the primary destination to build or expand a startup in global markets? Usually the answer is the United States, as it is the largest global market for venture funding, while Silicon Valley is considered the world’s foremost hub for technology & innovation.
However, the U.S. immigration process for international entrepreneurs is long and tedious with waiting times as long as 10 years for Green Card processing in some cases. The recent layoffs at Google, Amazon, Apple and other MNCs affecting thousands of international IT professionals only add insult to injury as they face precariousness over their H1-B, L1 visa status and their future in the U.S.
On the other hand, Canada has made rapid strides in attracting top-quality entrepreneurs from various parts of the world to launch their businesses in the country through a dedicated Startup Visa Program. In addition to an easier immigration process, Canada also offers many incentives for immigrant entrepreneurs who are looking to relocate and scale their companies globally.