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Wary of Trump, some foreign-born tech workers are choosing Canada instead of Silicon Valley

Wary of Trump, some foreign-born tech workers are choosing Canada instead of Silicon Valley

Petra Axolotl knew her chances of getting an H-1B visa were slim. She had an MBA from Wharton and a job offer at Twitter, but luck would decide the Dutch data scientist’s fate — and in 2016, it did not fall in her favor.

Axolotl missed out in the lottery for the coveted visa but remained determined to work in Silicon Valley, a place she considered the global capital of tech innovation. The plan was to reapply in 2017.

Then Donald Trump became president, and she found herself preparing to move somewhere else entirely: Canada.

Unlike many liberal-leaning technology workers in Silicon Valley, Axolotl doesn’t consider herself “anti-Trump.” But the new administration’s...

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