Jason Kenney pushes Canada startup visa in Silicon Valley

Published:  6 Jun at 10 AM
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Canada’s citizenship, immigration and multiculturalism minister Jason Kenney hit the ground running in his much-publicised recent visit to Silicon Valley.

The new, innovative Start-Up Visa introduced recently with much fanfare is the first such in the world, and was presented by Kenney to the IT hub’s entrepreneur community. The minister stated that Canada is open for business and welcomes all skilled IT professionals having a tough time getting residence in the USA.

During his visit, Kenney met up with a swathe of influential names in the tech and start-up world including business leaders, accelerators, angel investors and venture capitalists. Canadian immigration experts accompanied him, ready to explain why and how Canada is bidding to be the next world IT hub.

Dave McClure, one of the US’s leading mentors and start-up accelerators with 500 start-ups under his belt, was a major target for Kenney. Another target was the C100 organisation which supports Canadian entrepreneurs in the sector with investment, partnerships and mentoring.

According to Kenney, his visit sparked a huge degree of interest in the new visa and in his country’s expanding technology industry, especially amongst students, recent graduates and researchers at Stanford University. The visa application process opened up on 1 April, and is the flagship of Canada’s overhaul of its system centering on flexible, fast economic immigration.
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