To increase international students working hr limit to 30 hrs and more TR to PR pathways.

To increase international students working hr limit to 30 hrs and more TR to PR pathways.

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Jaspreet Singh Bhogal started this petition to Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

Honourable Sean Fraser,

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.

This petition is to request the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Honourable Sean Fraser to increase the international students' part-time working limit from 20 hours to 30 hours. International students underwent extreme hardships during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Last year alone, there were dozens of suicides and heart attacks among international students. Many of these tragedies were the result of mental health issues, particularly those triggered by the exploitation of international students by private colleges, immigration consultants and employers. 


The government has done a good job by improving the transition from Temporary Residency to Permanent Residency and easing accessibility into express entry classes. This has saved thousands of international students from exploitation from immigration consultants, lawyers and employers. 


However, students are still at risk of abuse and exploitation by colleges and  employers. Given the added pressures of rising inflation and increase in cost of living, allowing students to work a maximum of 20 hrs a week is no longer sufficient. This forces International Students to seek cash jobs, which in turn, put them further at risk of abuse and exploitation. 


This becomes a further problem for students, when workplaces have shifts of 8 hours or 12 hours. With a 8 hour work place, an International Student can only work two shifts and with a 12 hour work place, the student can only work one shift. Most employers are not flexible to allowing students to work less than the full shift. 


We recently conducted a survey, and most International Students are asking for the limit to be changed from 20 hours to 30 hours. This would allow International Students to work three shifts at an 8 & 10 hour workplace and two shifts at a 12 hour work place. More TR to PR pathways and eased Express Entries will decrease the risks of abuse and exploitation of international students.


We hope you will look into this matter. We look forward to your response. 


Thank you.

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