Experts push for expansion of post-graduation work permit program
International students at the Seymour Education & Learning Center (SELC) in Vancouver. (Photo provided).
Immigration lawyers and education experts are calling on Ottawa to expand and fix problems with the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) as a new study shows the number of international students entering the labor market has increased significantly in Canada.
The PGWPP allows international students who have graduated from eligible Canadian studies designated educational institutions (DLI) to obtain an open work permit which can help them qualify for permanent residence in Canada.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) said Canadian New Media this more than 126,000 post-graduation work permits have been issued between January and November of last year.
In a new study examine the extent of international student participation in the labor market through the PGWPP, Statistics Canada found that nearly three-quarters of all PGWP holders became permanent residents within five years.
“Through participation in the PGWPP and subsequent transition to permanent residency, international students have provided a growing source of labor for the Canadian labor market that extends well beyond their periods of employment. studies,” the study found.
The number of new post-graduation work permit holders has increased, “with the largest gains occurring among those from India and those intending to work in Ontario,” the agency said.
Along with India, China, France, South Korea and Brazil were among the top five source countries for PGWP holders. “The vast majority of PGWP holders intended to work in Ontario, followed by those who intended to work in British Columbia and Quebec.
Currently, the IRCC only allows public universities and institutions that issue private degrees to their students to qualify for post-graduate work permits.
Given the popularity of the program and the growing labor shortage in Canada, the National Association of Career Colleges (ANCC) is pushing for the expansion of the PGWPP.
“Thousands of additional international students would study at private career colleges each year and help solve Canada’s labor shortages if Ottawa made these students eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP),” reads an article on immigration.ca referring to NACC President George Hood.
Veteran international education expert Patrick Dang, who advises the Indo-Canadian Education Council, said the PGWPP is a major win for the economy and international students.
“This has proven to be a real opportunity for Canada to train students for Canadian employment standards, making students an ideal workforce with relevant skills giving them a pathway to residency,” he said. -he declares.
“The smart move would be for the federal government to expand the PGWPP to include private institutions that qualify and meet the standards. This would more than triple the production of qualified graduates across the country for work and employment.
He added: “Imagine what the economic impact of international students would be if we were to achieve and earn $700 billion instead of the $200 billion pumped into the economy. The positive impact would be felt in all sectors such as housing, education, retail, employment, taxation and the production of Canada’s GDP.
Dang said the limited number of places available in public post-secondary institutions negates the potential gains Canada can make on a larger scale to address the current massive labor shortage.
“This severe labor shortage is set to become a major stumbling block for Canada in the post-pandemic era,” said Dang, who is also president of the Seymour Education & Learning Centers (SELC). in Vancouver.
“It’s a known fact that Canada faces at least a million unfilled jobs and that number is expected to grow rapidly over the next seven years,” he said.
“On top of that we have new jobs being created at a rate of 26% per year that are not being filled. So the fact is that our economy is on the verge of stagnation and stumbling due to a severe labor shortage.
SELC, he said, is now working to offer foundation programs in countries like Sri Lanka and South Korea for students who want to pursue degrees at Canadian designated learning institutions.
“These foundational programs prepare students in their home countries for a successful path to employment in Canada through the PGWPP, and later permanent residency,” he said.
IRCC said MR it currently has no plans to include international students in private and professional colleges.
He announced today that after a record year for study permits in 2019, IRCC increased its production by 32% in 2021 by finalizing nearly 560,000 study permit applications.
Meanwhile, the Canadian Immigration Lawyers Association (CILA) is sounding the alarm a new rule which requires PGWP applicants to provide documentation regarding any time off they may have taken while studying at their designated educational institution.
“Consider a student struggling with mental health issues and dropping out of their semester courses rather than having failures on their transcript. This student would be considered to have taken unauthorized leave,” says Canadian immigration lawyer Ronalee Carey in an article posted on the CILA website.
“According to the new instructions, IRCC would show them no mercy.”
Calling on the government to fix the problem, the article urges IRCC to require Canadian post-secondary institutions offering programs for international students to have a formal policy regarding leaves of absence.
“Until they do, they should not deny PGWPs to students who do not have documentation of their DLI,” the article reads.
“DLIs should not wait for IRCC to compel them to act. They should immediately create processes for students to request leaves of absence and create standardized documents to meet the new requirements.
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