How Pinoy Temporary Workers Can Buy More Time In Canada

March 27, 2015 News

Temporary WorkerCANADA – Some temporary workers in Canada are not the only ones worried about the April deadline for foreign workers. Their employers also have a lot to lose.

A week to go before the April deadline for many temporary foreign workers (TFWs) to leave Canada, and many employers are also worried.

A greenhouse owner said 20 percent of his workers are temporary, most of them Filipinos.

His year-long business supplies fresh gerberas across North America.

With peak season starting now till October, he needs all workers on board to meet orders here and abroad.

“I’m very worried that we won’t have enough people to do the work. If we can’t have enough harvesters, they won’t get harvested,” said John Duyvestyn, owner of Hollandia Greenhouse Ltd.

Filipino Samuel Supena is one of the workers. With the 4-year rule implemented in 2011, Supena will have to leave Canada and he cannot work in the country for another four years.

“Malungkot at parang nanghihinayang na din kasi syempre nandito na sa Canada. Sana po mabigyan ng extension,” said Supena.

But an extension for temporary foreign workers may be possible said new employment minister Pierre Poilievre only if the province initiates the extension.

Alberta, for example, has nominated about 1,000 TFWs for permanent residency.

“Now if other provinces come forward and point to a list that they also intend to make provincial nominees for permanent residence, we would be open to extending the same accommodation to them that Alberta has already received,” Poilievre said.

Immigration experts also have this advice to other temporary foreign workers in the country.

“They really have to work on their options now. Talk to their employers kung pwede ma-support application nila for permanent resident. They have enough time to prepare for that,” said Canadian immigration consultant, Natie Sotana.

Immigration consultants remind TFWs not to wait for the last minute before they talk about their options with their employers.

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