Expectationsof Government in Canada
TheCanadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration has asserted thatthe international students in the Canadian universities are among theperfect targets for citizenship. He confirmed that the students fromother countries educated in Canada are the typical type of probableimmigrants that the nation should be wooing. The foreign learnershave taken an integral position within the Canadian immigrationstrategies put in place by the federal government in its aim torecruit skilled personnel in the country (Macdonald 1). The changesif implemented will be a boon to international students who arefacing some barriers when they attempt to acquire a visa and workpermit to work in Canada after graduation. The minister went aheadto confirm that the country is aging and there is a need to allow inyoung immigrants to enhance the economy and facilitate its growth. Inmy opinion, I expect that the barriers that the internationalstudents go through at the citizenship and immigration departmentswill be eliminated shortly and the less fortunate but talentedindividuals will be allowed in and even acquire citizenship.
Reformsin the Immigration Policies Raise the Expectations of theInternational Students
Thechanges in the immigration departments aim at reducing the barriers,obstructions and the bureaucratic loopholes that have always sloweddown or barred students from other countries from being in thecountry. I hope that it will get rid of the little rules and supportimmigrants from several parts of the world.
Thefirst move by the Canadian government to see that this is achievedwas at the end of February when it presented legislation thatrepealed the reforms that had been made during the reign of theprevious Conservative government (Macdonald 1). The change touched onthe controversial Bill C-24 of the year 2015. Despite the fact thatthe conservatives had put in place many alterations that in overallhad made immigration of the international students favorable andeasier, Bill C-24, imposed during the last year of their term. Thisbill made it tough for international learners who had graduated fromthe Canadian postsecondary faculties to acquire Citizenship in thecountry.
However,the federal government, the Liberals, has announced that it is just amatter of time before it reverses the parts in the C-24 (Macdonald1). This section increased the number of residency years from theminimum three to four and phased out the applicant`s capability tocount half of their study time in Canada, up to one year, just beforetheir residency, which was particularly revealed in the Liberalselections campaigns platform.
Theimmigration minister, John McCallum at a press conference just beforethe new legislation was put into place asserted that internationalstudents were the impeccable individuals to become the Citizens ofthe country and the government was doing everything to attract themjust like other western countries are doing. Besides, he opposed theC-6 Bill by declaring that it is senseless to punch internationalstudents in the nose by unethically taking away the 50 percent creditthat rightfully belongs to them.
Towardsmid-March, the minister also revealed to the press that hisdepartment would be creating a talk’s platform between the federalofficials and the provincial ones on how the Canadian Express EntrySystem could be transformed. The system, which has been in placesince June 2015, is always the initial step who have finished theCanadian postsecondary modules and hope to acquire permanentresidency and even employment in the country for an extended period.
Forthe one year, the system has been in place, and it has received stiffcriticism by subjecting graduates in the same competition bracketwith other experts foreign workers rather than examining them asdistinct categories it used to happen and not putting a value ontheir Canadian education background as high as it used to happen(Macdonald 1). The Opponents further argued that the Express Entryhad disadvantaged the international students and that there was stilla lot to be done not only to attract them to Canada but also tomotivate them to apply for permanent residency. In fact, the talksbetween the federal and the provincial officers were underway at thebeginning of May.
Thereforms to citizenship necessities and the programs to reassess theroute to permanent residency have been termed as positive signals bythe President of Western University who is also the chair of theAdvisory Panel in charge of Canada’s International Educationstrategies Amit Chakma. The panel, in fact, suggested that theCanadian government should double the number of the students itenrolls within a decade to establish a sound basis for the nation`sfuture growth. Data collected in the year 2014, showed that thecountry had 336,000 international students and about 80% of them wereat the postsecondary level.
Manystudents have confirmed that the announcement has made them feel goodabout the decision they took to further their studies in the country.Many of them, in fact, are products of scholarship programs that wereestablished to attract the best and talented individuals from othernations. They argue that Canada is among the most welcoming statesand they were afraid and disappointed the previous year when theyrealized that international students would no longer be evaluated ontheir separate classification for permanent citizenship (Macdonald1). This move was executed despite the fact that many of them pay alot of money to finance their programs. They saw it as a slap intheir face since they had sacrificed and made an investment to studyin the country.
Slowprocessing of visas has also been another sore spot for internationalstudents. The president, the students Union in the University ofAlberta, asserted that there is the need to simplify, clarify andreduce the charges imposed on visiting students. The Bureau forInternational Education in Canada admitted that the processingduration had increased by 30 percent in 2015. Nevertheless, theCanadian citizenship immigration department has refuted this reportsand confirmed that the processing times had been enhanced up to anaverage of 38 days in 2015 when compared to the 48 days in 2013 andeven few days for individuals from countries like India and Chinawhich are the top source (Macdonald 1).
Fromthe talks and the moves that are being taken, I expect that thegovernment will make it easier and cheaper for the internationalstudents to get study and employment permits on time. Furthermore,the government should come up with a clear pathway to the acquisitionof permanent citizenship for some of us that may choose to remain andbuild the economy of this country.
MacdonaldMoira. Canadian government signals renewed openness to internationalstudents. Universityaffairs Article,2016 p.1. Web.