Thousands of temporary foreign workers could be heading to airports to leave Canada today as permits expire for those who have been in the country for more than four years.
The Conservative government set April 1, 2015 as the deadline for temporary foreign workers in low-skilled jobs to either become permanent residents or leave the country after changing the rules in 2011.
In Alberta alone, 10,000 temporary foreign workers have applied to stay in Canada.
Vancouver immigration lawyer Richard Kurland says there aren’t enough Canadian Border Services agents to knock on the doors of every temporary foreign worker and frog-march them to the nearest airport today.
Nonetheless, he says, many of his clients are grappling with the realization that they’re no longer welcome after living and working here for years.
NDP MP Jinny Sims says the deadline will likely force many workers underground…