Foreign students claim they were misled about chances of staying in Canada
Dozens of foreign students claim they were misled about the chance to extend their stays in Canada, and are now struggling with looming deadlines for when they could be forced to leave the country.
Migrante Alberta, an immigrant advocacy group, says about 80 students enrolled at a private college in Edmonton over the past two years, thinking they could apply for a post-graduate work permit after completing a two-year diploma.
But private institutions are largely ineligible for the federal program. The students say that immigration consultants have deliberately misled them, that the school itself has not been upfront, and the federal government website for the program was unclear.
"These students will be graduating and their hope is to get that open work permit but that's not going to happen," said Marco Luciano, from Migrante Alberta.