The new Tech Talent Strategy, was released by Canada in June and included four programs designed to lure tech talent north, but after opening the first prong of initiative, demand was so high that all 10,000 slots were filled in just over one day. The first part of the initiative was open to 10,000 H-1B visa holders in the U.S. to apply for work permits in Canada that will be valid for three years. Importantly, this program allowed the visa holder to work for any Canadian company and allowed them to bring their immediate family members.

The strategy, announced by Sean Fraser, the Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, was launched on Sunday, July 16. By Monday evening, high demand from U.S. H-1B workers filled the 10,000 available slots. No announcement has been on whether Canada will extend the program at this time.

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