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02 April 2015

Temporary Workers Have To Leave Canada on April 1, 2015

This is not an "April Fools" joke!  
This news was published today.  Actually, the backgrounder was all over Yahoo for the past few days.
I was saddened to know that thousands of temporary workers, especially at the low-skilled level, who worked for over 4 years in Canada will be sent back home.
There will be an increase of unemployment in Philippines once they reached home.  I hope that they have saved some capital and have their own business.  If not, jobs should be readily available for them to have a constant cash flow.
What's in The NEWS?
"OTTAWA - Thousands of temporary foreign workers are required to leave Canada today, as work permits expire for those who have been in the country for more than four years.In 2011, the Conservative government set April 1, 2015 as the deadline for temporary foreign workers in low-skilled jobs to either become permanent residents or return home.In Alberta alone, 10,000 temporary foreign workers have applied to stay in Canada.Immigration Canada hasn't divulged the total number of workers who must leave today, but immigration and labour market experts have estimated tens of thousands are affected. Read More." - by Canadian Press c/o Yahoo.ca.
"The government has not revealed how many people will have to leave by the April 1 deadline, but some advocacy groups estimate it could be as many as 70,000 countrywide.
"Those dreams of staying in Canada are all gone," said Marco Lucinao with Migrante Alberta, a group that works with temporary foreign workers.
Lucinao's group has been trying to keep temporary workers informed about their rights, including health-care options if they decide to stay illegally. He said many..." Read More..-by CBC News
Who Were Affected?
It was the lowest-paid and the lowest-skilled temporary workers who were affected.  Engineers and Executive are still here to stay.  
Lessons for Federal Skilled Workers in Canada
Since the first day of my application, on the year 2003 until now, there were many changes in Canadian Immigration rules that were implemented.  Although it's not a sudden implementation, but it was always changing.
There were people affected here and there, the worries and the depression were felt, not only by the applicant, but also for the families affected.
If one day, an opportunity knocks at your door and you think that you're ready to open it, GO!  Grab the knob and see who's on the other side.  Never wait for another opportunity, for it might not on your advantage.
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