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Trump extends ban on work visas in the U.S. but it's not all bad news for Canadians

Hundreds of Canadians could be impacted by Donald Trump's decision to extend a visa ban in the United States.

Earlier this week, Trump signed an order suspending work visas for immigrants until the end of the year. These include the H-1B high-skill visa, which is a popular option among U.S. companies recruiting for specific skills in sectors such as technology and engineering.

As well as the H-1B, the ban also includes the H-2B, J-1 and L-1 visas, of which over 400 Canadians benefited from last year. 

While the news will be a major blow to people who were hoping to work in the U.S. this year, the decision isn't all bad news for Canadians. In fact, some Canadian companies have decided to cash in on the situation.

In a post on Twitter, Shopify vice-president Kaz Nejatian shared a link to H1Bengineer.com, which redirects to Shopify’s careers page.

In a later post, Nejatian said that the Canadian company is ready to help engineers who are “getting screwed by this insanity."

Shopify's chief executive and founder Tobi Lutke also took to Twitter to encourage talented workers to come to Canada instead of the U.S.

"Shopify is hiring all over the world and we have lots of experience helping with relocation," he said. 

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