Rules Change for Temporary Foreign Workers Awaiting Residency

By Tyler Sutherland

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business is asking the federal government to make changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) so would-be Canadians don’t face hardships.

The new rules force thousands of applicants waiting on permanent residency documents to leave Canada before their applications are processed.

“CFIB members report a great deal of uncertainty and stress being placed unfairly on foreign workers,” said CFIB president Dan Kelly. “These workers came to Canada under a certain set of rules, and many went to considerable lengths to get here. To change the rules in the middle of the process will bring undue hardship to these terrific people.”

Required changes would include extensions on the employers’ Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and employees’ work visas for those with permanent residence applications currently in the queue.

The CFIB has sent a letter (PDF) surrounding the issue to Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Chris Alexander, and Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney.


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