The number of illegal immigrants in Canada is expected to rise by 2015, according to Canada's Immigration News Source (CICS).
Over 190,000 immigrants arrived in Canada last year. Many of them are on a four-year-work-permit that is set to expire by April 2015.
"Their work permits will expire on April 1st 2015 because of a rule enacted on April 1st, 2011, that created a four year limit on cumulative time a foreign national can spend in Canada as a temporary foreign worker," reported CICS Saturday.
The number of temporary foreign workers in Canada has sharply increased from around 100,000 in 2002, to over 300,000 this year, and the new rule was an attempt to reduce over-dependence of Canadian employers on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to meet their permanent labor needs, according to the CICS.
Following the new rule, many applicants including a number of people in China protested against the rule saying it was a heavy blow for them as many of them have invested a lot, and hoped for long time to get into Canada, but their visa application got cancelled because of the new rule.
"The new policy is a heavy blow for us. So many years of waiting, so much time invested, so many years of hoping. If they told us earlier, we'd have made other plans," the Globe and Mail quoted Sun, a Chinese applicant as saying.
Sun along with other applicants even wrote to the Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney saying that they were surprised by the sudden new rule.
"We applied to immigrate to Canada because we believed that Canada is governed by the rule of law and treats everyone equally. Sadly, your conduct reveals an alternative, sinister side of Canada, one mirroring the same attitude toward the people [we]in autocracies are used to suffering," said the applicants in the letter signed and addressed to the Immigration minister of Canada.
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