IRCC (Immigration Refugees Citizenship Canada) announced a public policy allowing thousands of Post graduate work permit holders to extend their stay in Canada as a worker in 2022. This Public policy allowed these workers to stay in Canada longer to gain more valuable work experience.
These Post Graduate Work permit holders were given an extension of additional 18 months and anyone with their Status expiring before December 31, 2022 was eligible to apply.
IRCC recognized that the long pause on the Express Entry draws during 2021-22 did not give suitable opportunity to a big number of High skilled workers, and announced the public policy to extend the work permits of applicants with expiring statuses on or before December 31, 2022. Further helping businesses combat labour shortages.
Recently, we witnessed tensions among thousands of Post graduate work permit holders who were excluded from this public policy. IRCC paused the Express Entry system for almost 10 months, the system that Federal government relies upon the most to facilitate a smooth transition of Temporary workers to Permanent residents in Canada.
Robin Nanda, an international worker with a CRS(Comprehensive Ranking System) score of 488 says in an interview with +1 News, “I have done everything I must to gain eligibility to get an Invitation to Apply for permanent residency. My score clearly indicates how highly skilled I am. I worked throughout Covid on the front lines and now they excluded me from the Public policy and I have to leave Canada because my work permit expires on January 6, 2023. I too was impacted by the long pause in the Express Entry system but I can not figure out why I was excluded from an extension of my Work permit.“
Unfortunately, Robin is not the only one. The number of workers excluded from this public policy is expected to be in thousands, which will result in thousands of Businesses loosing these high skilled workers in this time of Labour crisis in Canada.
Workers were seen protesting this policy exclusion last week outside IRCC’s Toronto office located at 777 Bay Street, demanding the IRCC included them in the Public policy and allow them to extend their stay as Workers in Canada.
So far, no communication or announcements have come directly from the IRCC regarding this issue. While the IRCC maintains silence; stakeholders, workers and many other applicants continue to ask the IRCC to reveal their plans with any future Public policies so they can plan their future ahead of time and not live in distress and uncertain of what announcements will come from the IRCC in future.