“Come to Vancouver and leave with a full backup plan that sets you up as an employee of a Canadian subsidiary,” reads the website for True North.
In the day since a local entrepreneur started the company offering U.S. visa holders affected by President Trump’s new travel ban help finding a safe haven in Vancouver interest has been intense.
Michael Tippett, formerly of Hootsuite, says the new business called True North is offering companies the help needed to set up subsidiaries and have employees work here.
“My phone has not stopped ringing all day, I’ve never seen anything like this. I’ve been building start-ups for 20 years and this is one of those times when I can not believe… I am almost overwhelmed with the response I am getting.
The program, which comes with a $6,000 price tag, is marketed as a “turnkey backup plan” for tech workers with American companies who hold an H1-B visa.
Participants get airfare to Vancouver, meetings with immigration specialists, with the end goal of the option to work in Canada through a wholly owned Canadian subsidiary.
Tippett says the company was started because Silicon Valley friends are concerned the new ban will scatter tech professionals around the world.
“They would lose a vital part of their ability to innovate, and so we thought that we could set something up where we would encourage them not to move across the globe but to one specific location, and Vancouver came up as the most logical place.”
Tippett says while it’s not a totally straightforward process, it’s completely doable.