Remove the 20-hour work limit and industry restrictions for study permit holders
As per IRCC regulation, international students are limited to 20 hours of off-campus work per week during their studies. This limit can not be exceeded other than during scheduled holiday breaks, and the unused hours can not be carried forward. This restriction causes many difficulties for migrant students both in supporting their studies financially and gaining the experience needed for their professional development. We demand to lift these restrictions that hold migrant students back from achieving work experience to prepare for their future.
Make the PGWP renewable
Migrant students who have graduated from public educational institutions can apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), another temporary permit. While migrant students are an essential labour force, the PGWP’s non-renewable and once-in-a-lifetime nature makes it difficult for us to obtain decent positions or fair treatment at work and qualify for PR. The PGWP is time-limited permission that cannot be extended, and we must satisfy the PR requirements before it expires. Otherwise, we are compelled to leave Canada despite making significant sacrifices to establish our home here. Aside from severe employment conditions, one of the prerequisites for a PR application is an English or French exam. Migrant students who have previously attended English or French colleges and universities must retake costly language examinations. This is mainly for the financial benefit of language institutes. Furthermore, exclusions based on medical, financial or criminal eligibility are cruel and unjust.