- Emily Parkhurst
Staff Writer- Puget Sound Business Journal
But that’s not the surprising thing.
Back in 2008, Microsoft opened an office in Richmond, B.C., just south of Vancouver. That office was primarily a place where workers who couldn’t get U.S. visas would work for a few years, then transfer to Redmond or another U.S. office.
Now, though, Microsoft says 80 percent of its employees in Vancouver are Canadian citizens.
“We do hire a lot of Canadian workers who come to Redmond for various positions in the business. I don’t think this will change that significantly,” said Karen Jones, Microsoft’s vice president and deputy general counsel for HR law.
As Microsoft develops a larger presence in Vancouver, she said, Canadian citizens will stay in Canada instead of transferring to the U.S.
So how did Vancouver change from a funnel for foreign workers eventually coming to the U.S. into a permanent stop?
The answer is in the Canadian immigration system. More here.