Migrant workers, international students face barriers to new government immigration program: survey


A new survey excluded 45 percent of migrant workers and 35 percent of international graduates from the federal government’s new immigration program to be launched on Thursday.

Survey, Canada’s largest migrant-led coalition, run by the Migrant Rights Network, is based on the responses of Canada’s 3,000 migrant workers and international graduates.

It was found that students and workers face various barriers to accessing the one-time immigration program. Announced By Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino in April. About half of international students and 67 percent of migrant workers said they did not have the required language test results to apply. It was also found that the cost of application, completion of language schooling and testing and other necessary paperwork is prohibited.

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This is a situation faced by a migrant agricultural worker who goes by Gary. He came to Canada from Mexico in 2013 and has been working on farms in Ontario since then. We are not disclosing Gary’s full identity as he fears retaliation and possible deportation from his employer.

He says that he is unable to access the program and can reconnect with his family as he has not completed the English language test and cannot bear the cost of language studies, tests and applications.

Gary says that he has taught himself basic English over the years, but that the required test reading and writing requirements are very difficult and will require additional schooling, something he cannot do.

“We do not need small, unilateral, exclusionary pilot programs, we have a need for an immigration system so that every resident of the country has the same immigration status and therefore equal access to labor rights, health care and other essential services. These rights are a matter of life and death.

The organization says the program also includes unincorporated people, refugees, students and migrants in Quebec – a total of more than 10 million people.

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On May 6, the Department of Immigration is set to begin accepting 50,000 applications from healthcare and other essential workers and 40,000 applications from international graduates who meet the government’s criteria.

To apply to the new program, workers must be employed for at least one year in Canada Health care profession Or approved by any other government Required Role. International graduates must have completed a Canadian post-secondary program within the last four years.

Workers must be currently employed in Canada through a valid work permit, an English test result and all their documents at the time of application, requirements that are challenging to meet due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The organization said the embassies closed, limited space for language training and tests and mass layoffs due to the epidemic, which resulted in people not applying.

The Migrant Rights Network estimates that application costs and other paperwork can cost thousands of dollars and many workers earn minimum wages. The cost of the application has not been announced yet.

Workers are not required to take an English language test to work in Canada.


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The new temporary program is designed to help the government meet its goal of accepting 401,000 new permanent residents this year.

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Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said, “The epidemic has shed a bright light on the incredible contribution of newcomers.” “These new policies will help people with temporary status to plan their future in Canada, play an important role in our economic recovery and help them make it better.”

The Migrant Rights Network is asking the Government of Canada to grant permanent resident status to all expatriates and unspecified people in Canada and that all working classes are able to obtain permanent resident status in the future.

The organization also said that since the program’s announcement, chaos and confusion have swept through these communities and people are in danger of being taken advantage of by bad actors.

Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada did not respond to Global News’ request for comment until the time of publication.

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