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Media Coverage quotes Gilda Villaran and Cindy Switzer in an article on the effects of the U.S. travel ban on skilled immigration to Canada

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“U.S. Travel Woes Could Drive Top Talent Out of the Country and Into Canada” by quotes Montréal lawyer Gilda Villaran and Vancouver lawyer Cindy Switzer in an article on the effects of the U.S. travel ban on skilled immigration to Canada.

“We have had many individuals – even before the ban, immediately after the election of President Trump – saying, 'We don't know what is going to happen in the U.S. We don't feel that we are welcome here anymore, so we would like to move to Canada,” says Gilda Villaran, a corporate immigration law partner at Fasken Martineau. “And these are very highly skilled professionals.”

Fasken Martineau has also heard from clients – mainly European tech companies with subsidiaries in the U.S. – about setting up subsidiaries in Canada in order to move their personnel to a country with a more stable immigration situation.

“There are companies who have employees in the U.S. who are potentially in jeopardy, and they want a Canadian entity to move them to,” says Cindy Switzer, a labor and employment lawyer at Fasken Martineau. “[We're hearing] particularly from tech clients, partly because it's such a mobile industry and employees can do things anywhere.”

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