Dear Canadian Business Leaders, 

We are delighted to inform you about an exciting new development in immigration policy that can greatly enhance your ability to secure skilled personnel from the high-tech sector in the United States. 

As of July 16, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has initiated a new program enabling H-1B specialty occupation visa holders in the U.S., and their immediate family members, to apply for open work permits in Canada. IRCC is offering open work permits valid for 3 years for current H-1B holders in any profession or job title. 

This means your company now has access to thousands of professionals in high-tech fields currently employed in the U.S., eager to explore opportunities in Canada. 

H-1B visa holders are a talent pool with a proven track record in thriving high-tech ecosystems. Their skills and experiences could provide your company with the edge it needs to accelerate innovation and stay competitive in a fast-evolving industry. These professionals present a golden opportunity for your company to diversify and strengthen its workforce. 

At Borders Law Firm, we recognize the immense potential this represents for your organization. As experts in immigration law, we have extensive experience in facilitating smooth transitions for international talent. We are ready to assist you in navigating this new immigration policy, ensuring you can efficiently and effectively attract H-1B visa holders to bolster your workforce. 

We are awaiting further processing instructions from IRCC. In the meantime, your company should begin to run employment ads in the U.S. to attract H-1B visa holders. 

IRCC has yet to publish the expected processing times for this new work permit stream, but our assumption is that open work permits for H-1B holders (and their family members) will receive priority processing at the Canadian consulates in the U.S. 

Our team of lawyers will guide you and the prospective employees through the application process. We also offer support services for the families of these professionals, enabling them to secure temporary resident visas and work or study permits. 

This new immigration measure is only in effect for one year, or until the IRCC receives 10,000 applications. So there is no time to waste. Acting promptly will ensure you can maximize this opportunity to bolster your workforce. 

Contact us to learn more at

Borders Law firm

Richa Jain

Our biggest dilemma while researching for an Immigration Consultant was someone we could trust and that could manage our application well. We are so glad to have found Borders Law Firm. Devika gave us exceptional guidance due to which we got ICT Work Permit approval. Big thanks and appreciation for Jenny Mao for such professionalism and dexterity shown while handling our application. Kudos to BLF team for their superb work and simply for the trustworthiness they have ..… Best Wishes !

Baljinder Singh

Everyone in this office was incredibly supportive and helpful. In a situation that could have been very stressful, they took care of EVERYTHING. Thanks Jenny and Devika for providing exceptional service. Dealt with them for the second case, they kept me in loop for the whole process. Highly recommend using them again which in hindsight I will not have to but if you ever need legal help, they are definitely the people to go to!

Annie Caplan

Devika and John were excellent. They understood how this process would change my life and helped me get to the US. John was extremely kind and thorough. When my employer in the US ended up trying to take advantage of me, they helped me transfer my visa to a new employer and had so much empathy for my situation and now I have a job in California that makes me so happy while helping others. I am beyond grateful for their kindness and service. I will be using them for any changes to my status going forward.

Lalit Kainth

Borders Law Firm did a great job handling my parents H & C application. I definitely recommend to use them!

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