In a bid to improve the immigration system for international students in Canada, the Canadian Alliance of Students Associations (CASA) presented recommendations to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.
In September, Canada launched a study on migration challenges and opportunities for the country in the 21st century with CASA as one of the evidence providers.
While commenting, Adam Brown, chairman of CASA board, told the study committee that the Canadian government needs to get rid of administrative and regulatory barriers that may proof stumbling blocks for students seeking jobs and residence after graduation because international students are imperative to finding solutions to skill shortages.
CASA proposed a few key recommendations to the committee including; a six-month window after graduation to look for employment as well as internships and work experience program participation minus an additional work permit. They also advised that rules that hinder post-secondary staff from giving immigration advice be relaxed to provide room for flexibilities.
CASA board chair argued that it takes five months, on the average, to get a job in Canada after graduation hence the need for a longer window. He explained that the current window of 90 days (three months) given for getting employment after graduation is not realistic regarding current workforce situations in the country, let alone taking into consideration the life’s complications that could happen after graduation.
Mr. Brown also added that the requirements set for post-secondary staff to get a certificate that will permit them to give immigration advice are so high that many international students are not able to get migration information on campus. He said some institutions could not meet the commitment of time and resources required for the certification.
CASA believes that if these things are adjusted, international students will give more back to the system; hence Canada will be better off.
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