Rejected immigration applicants say that Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker program is confusing and arbitrary when it comes to PhD candidates.
Two years ago Citizenship and Immigration Canada introduced a special PhD candidate stream into Canada’s Federal Skilled Worker immigration program. The stream was intended to attract and retain smart, young, language-proficient immigrants to Canada.
“Doctoral graduates play a unique role in the economy,” said minister of state Gary Goodyear upon announcing the new option. “They drive research, encourage innovation and pass on their knowledge through teaching. And quite simply, Canada needs more of them.”
However, recently rejected PhD candidates say it is unclear to them why their applications were rejected, as they felt they had met all of the necessary requirements to qualify, including having the minimum 67 out of a possible 100 points.
Skilled immigrants are awarded points based on factors such as language, age, education and experience. But applicants must submit acceptable proof of these factors. Sometimes those applying on their own are unable to navigate the complex system.
This was the case for two University of Toronto PhD candidates who believe they submitted the necessary documentation, but were rejected and still do not understand why. Most critically, it appears as though their proof of Canadian education, as well as proof of level of education were the determining factors – despite their current standings in Canada. They also say that they have found inconsistencies among CIC documents stating the requirements.
Though these particular students have said they cannot afford the legal costs of an appeal, they are hoping that raising public awareness will help CIC clarify what, exactly, it expects of PhD stream candidates.
Source: Toronto Star