Canada’s discrimination against international PhD graduates

This has been revealed by several PhD graduates from University of Toronto.

Canada discriminating against PhD graduates—Canada immigration department CIC(Citizenship and Immigration Canada) is allegedly discriminating against foreign PhD graduates.

Foreign PhD graduates have complained that they are facing discrimination.

As per the details, many such international PhD graduates maintained that they had applied for Canada permanent residence visas. However, their applications for Canada permanent residence visas got rejected(under Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker Program).

Among the students whose Canada permanent residence visa under Federal Skilled Worker Program was rejected by Canada include Nicholas Sanchez-Guerrero hailing from Colombia and Greg Lusk from United States.

Both are PhD graduates from the University of Toronto and had made an application for Canada permanent residence visas. Hence, in such a scenario, they have been compelled to file a complaint against such malpractices.

Complaint against rejection of Canada permanent residence visas—A complaint has been filed by three students (including Sanchez-Guerrero) with Olivia Chow, Canadian MP. It’s being alleged by the PhD graduates that the rejection of their applications for Canada permanent residence visas (under FSWP-Federal Skilled Worker Program) appears to be a case of systematic rejection.

This becomes all the more clear keeping in view the fact that they possessed required points for getting qualified for Canada permanent residence visa.

Eligibility criteria for Canada permanent residence visa—Under FSWP, eligibility criteria or requirements for getting a Canada permanent residence visa are mentioned below—

• A minimum score of 67 is needed out of a total of 100 points under the points-based test.

• Factors for eligibility include applicant’s age, educational qualifications, work experience, previous employment in Canada, skills in French and/or English as well as adaptability.

For making an application for Canada permanent residence visa(under FSWP), any of three categories are available—

• A total of 5,000 Canada permanent residence visas are issued annually in the stream of eligible occupations category for those having a qualification along with a work experience of two years in any occupation in the Canadian ‘eligible occupations list’.

• Foreign students either enrolled in a PhD course or successful graduates from any Canada university can apply for a visa(annual quota is 1,000 visas);

• Possessing an offer of skilled work in Canada can also make one eligible for Canada permanent residence visa(subject to an LMO-Labor Market Opinion- by Canadian employer to ensure that no suitable Canadian were available for such jobs).

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