There were three groups of chemists who were very
engaging and fun to be with at SUNY at Buffalo
last week. One was a group from Brock University,
the second was a group from McMaster and the
third was an invited speaker who was a McMaster
grad speaking about biotech/pharma careers.
BF spoke about his experience that his
company usually will support hiring desirable
Canadian candidates for chemistry positions, since
they are joining, for the most part, a global company.
It is part of their operations to bring people in and
have them be part of their global workforce,
where they might accept transfers in locations around
the world. In some infrequent instances, at the end of
the year, their legal department/ HR department may
ask for a delayed start date until the beginning of a
calendar year to help manage the workload,
visa quota, and budget elements that can occur.
For most of the students in the audience, while
the workshops did not bring out citizenship questions,
conversations during the “booze and smooze”
sessions indicated a limited at best awareness of
citizenship and visa issues.
Although Canadian citizens do not need to obtain
a visa to enter
the United States , they are subject
to the same employment and compensation
as citizens of all other countries. Canadians travel
the U.S. However, the government
considers these entries
to be for tourism
Tourists are not permitted
in the U.S. There is no
this law for citizens of Canada .