A trip to Brampton, Ontario: Do international students have the ‘right’ to stay in Canada?

Many foreigners are studying in Canada with the purpose of obtaining postgraduate work permits and eventually permanent residency.

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Last weekend, Brampton, Ontario saw international students from India protesting with demands to extend work permits of those whose are expiring next year and to have post-graduate work permits extended from three years to five years.

Canada hosted more than a million international students this past school year, reaching unprecedented numbers almost as high as those of the United States, a country whose population is about ten times that of Canada’s. Many fear that these high levels of immigration are unsustainable as the country is already experiencing a housing crisis and many are struggling to find jobs.

Many foreigners are studying in Canada with the purpose of obtaining postgraduate work permits and eventually permanent residency. Now that the Canadian government is cutting down on work permits  except those in much-needed sectors  students are upset that this plan hasn’t worked out as they hoped, or perhaps as they were told that it would, and they have to leave the country.

The truth is, many of these students were sold the dream from immigration consultants, that all they have to do is enroll in a Canadian university or college and soon enough they’ll be on the path to citizenship and be able to bring their families over for a better life. The number of licensed immigration and citizenship consultants has increased from approximately 6,000 in 2018 to over 12,000 in 2022.

The Government of Canada website reports that $302,000 in fines have been given to liscensed immigration consultants for exploitative practices, and states that “While the vast majority of immigration consultants operate within the high standards of the profession, the industry can be exploited by dishonest individuals.”

Rebel News spoke to some Brampton locals to find out what they thought about these protests, and whether or not they think foreigners who come here on a student visa have the “right” to stay permanently.

Following this, we visited Sheridan College in Brampton to speak to international students and find out what promises were made to them, and who was selling them these lies about a guaranteed path to citizenship.

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