The Government of Canada has released a new strategy to extend opportunities for temporary residents to help them gain permanent residency. This plan will allow international students to stay in the country after graduation.
The strategy came into effect because of a Motion-44 made by a member of the Canadian house of commons, which approached the government to publicly release a plan to expand economic immigration pathways so skilled workers can access permanent residency.
The motion-44 proposal includes five pillars to boost the permanent labour supply.
- Leveraging increased immigration levels
- Reforming express entry and increasing immigration selection tools flexibility
- Enhancing permanent economic immigration programs and pilots
- Supporting communities to attract and retain newcomers
- Building operational capacity
Vice President of International partnerships and Colleges and Institutes Canada, Alain Roy told the PIE News that they are pleased to see that the government’s response to the Motion continues to highlight the important role that international students play in meeting Canada’s immigration targets and labour market needs.
“Long-processing, the lack of a competitive service standard for application decisions and a generally opaque system continues to create immense stress and anxiety for international students and education institutions,” Roy added.
This motion will provide international students with the same opportunities to gain work experience as domestic students, given the 20-hour/week cap on off-campus employment.
The 2021 CBIE International Student survey reported that 4 in 10 international students experience significant challenges in finding employment, due to a lack of work experience.
The proposal also states that with the rapid growth of the International Student Program in Canada, IRCC is working to strengthen the program’s integrity where necessary to ensure that students are protected from exploitation.
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