Collective organizing by Migrant Student Workers (current and former international students) resulted in the federal government allowing Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) holders to extend our permits. But too many of us are left out – again.
Now is the time to speak up. Read the letter below, and enter your information below to sign on to an Open Letter to be sent to Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.
Open Letter from Migrant Students Excluded from PGWP Extension
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, we are calling on you to ensure permanent resident status for migrant student workers like me. We live here, we work here, we have formed homes and communities here, and we deserve to stay.
Too many of us are left out from this year’s PGWP extension policy, even though we faced some of the worst moments of the pandemic, including the highest unemployment rate in Canadian history. We call on you to enact immediate solutions such as allowing all former international students to extend our post graduate work permits (PGWP), ensuring a fair Express Entry system to address the aftermath of the 9 month suspension of draws and to expand access to workers in NOC C and D jobs, and granting permanent resident status for all.
Thank you for your urgent attention to this matter.