International college students who’ve a post-graduate work allow expiring between January and December 2022 will qualify for an extra open work allow of as much as 18 months in new measures outlined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada on April 22.
🧑🎓 We will lengthen post-graduation work permits for current worldwide graduates, and people whose permits have or will expire this yr will likely be eligible for an extra open work allow of 18 months.
— Sean Fraser (@SeanFraserMP) April 22, 2022
“Immigration will be crucial to easing our labour shortage”
The coverage has been set out as a way to tackle labour shortages, with the variety of job vacancies in Canada reaching 900,000 in January, partially on account of curbs on immigration throughout the pandemic.
“With the economy growing faster than employers can hire new workers, Canada needs to look at every option so that we have the skills and labour needed to fuel our growth,” stated immigration minister Sean Fraser in a press release.
“Immigration will be crucial to easing our labour shortage, and these measures aim to address pressing needs in all sectors across the country,” stated Fraser, including that the insurance policies will present “more opportunities for recent graduates and other applicants to build their lives in Canada and continue contributing to our short-term recovery and long-term prosperity”.
The authorities estimates that roughly 95,000 post-graduation work permits expire between January 31 and December 31 2022 and that as much as 50,000 candidates will profit from this momentary coverage.
In a press release, IRCC additionally stated that this could “allow applicants to continue contributing to the Canadian economy, helping address our labour shortage while gaining valuable work experience and preparing their express entry profiles”.
This new coverage is because of begin in “summer 2022” and IRCC says it’s “exploring a simplified, expeditious process for this”, with particulars being made out there “in the weeks ahead”.
The authorities additionally introduced that categorical entry attracts – via which expert employees can apply for everlasting residence – will resume in July.
These had been paused because of a backlog of functions, which the federal government says has now been minimize by greater than half.
The information was welcomed by the sector, with Marc Leblanc, Universities Canada senior authorities and worldwide relations officer, commenting that “this temporary measure recognises the valuable contribution that international students make to Canada’s economy after graduation and will help ensure we maintain a competitive edge in student recruitment.”
Martin Basiri, CEO and co-founder of ApplyBoard, a Canadian pupil recruitment firm, additionally applauded the announcement, saying it’s “welcome news for permit holders and their employers and indicates that the future is bright for international students during and after their studies in Canada”.
“It is also an indicator that IRCC recognises the challenges they are currently facing to keep up with record application volume,” Basiri stated.
“Extensions will be tremendously helpful for holders of expiring permits facing the stress of awaiting permanent residence application results or trouble gaining enough experience to be eligible.”
Some worldwide graduates whose visas expired between September 2021 and January 2022 – when categorical draw entries have been halted –are sad that they are going to be excluded from the coverage and probably miss out on the prospect to use for everlasting residency.
Writing on Twitter, one consumer stated: “This is really a bad decision. So folks whose permit is expiring in 31st dec 2022 will get 18 months more while those who studied and worked till Dec 2021 cannot!”
Tamara Mosher-Kuczer, a Canadian immigration lawyer, stated on Twitter that the announcement is “a great start” however it “needs to be expanded” to incorporate these whose visas expired after September 2021.
“There is much more to do,” Basiri stated, “including improved processing of study permit applications, but this is a great step forward and we thank minister Fraser for his focus on this matter.”