Changing the rules on immigration changes Canada’s narrative
Consider the story of Sarmad Chowdhury, covered earlier this week in The Globe and Mail. A foreign student to Canada, he completed his education from the University of Toronto in Scarborough. He has a job working as an assistant manager and he clocks around 50 to 60 hours per week. He filed his application for permanent residency under the Canada Experience Class which is geared to select candidates who have studied and worked in Canada. This promise of permanency in Canada tilted his decision to study here instead of in Australia, Britain or the United States. His family in Bangladesh financed his education at roughly $120,000 presumably at some great cost and sacrifice to themselves.
Of course he did not reckon that new rules would come into effect in January, and instead of competing among graduates on his merits as a graduate of a Canadian university, he is put into a pool with other applicants who are highly skilled and who might have years more experience than he. As someone with little work experience (after all, he only just completed university) one wonders what his chances are for landing a job offer from a Canadian employer and so vaulting to the top echelon of the list and getting picked.
Source: RATNA OMIDVAR
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 13 2015, 8:37 AM EST