Looming migrant crisis seen; Affected students to share their stories on Tuesday at Panciteria de Manila resto

News Release


EDMONTON – Prior to the removal of the 4-year cap rule in December 2016, many desperate temporary foreign workers has shifted to the International Student Permit to be able to stay longer. They paid thousands of dollars to immigration consultants and between $16,000.00 to $21,000.00 in tuition fees hoping that they can access the Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). The PGWP allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience towards permanent residency.

However, many of the private schools (in Edmonton and Calgary) these migrants are told to enrol at, are not eligible for Post-graduate Work Permit. Some students that graduated were already denied PGWP and have only 90 days to stay. Many will be removed soon. Numerous students will soon graduate and will end up being undocumented. In one school in Edmonton alone there are approximately 90 students are immediately affected. There are many other private schools in Edmonton and Calgary that have hundreds of students that will be in similar precarious situation.

Students will share their stories and many more students will be in attendance as well to answer questions on Tuesday, Nov.7, starting at 1 p.m., at the Panciteria de Manila Restaurant, 15326 Stony Plain Rd., Edmonton, AB T5P 3Y7.(Migrante Alberta)

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