Recent ruling to deport international student a warning for others working illegally

Published On May 14, 2019 | By Alan Jose | International, News

The international student Jobandeep Sandhu who is facing deportation for working beyond legal limits. (Facebook/jobandeepsandhu)

Alan Jose

Canadore College student Jobandeep Sandhu will have to go back to India forever for violating the Canadian immigration rules two years ago.

The international student worked more than 20 hours a week, the maximum allowed by his student visa.

Bill Dickson, communications relations coordinator for the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), said the student who was driving a commercial truck was stopped by police on Hwy. 401 in December 2017 for a routine check and they found the driver was working illegally.

Dickson said he was immediately arrested.

Sandhu, a 22-year-old from Punjab, India, started truck driving to pay for his college expenses which were about $27,000 a year.

He was charged only a few days before he would be eligible to graduate with a Mechanical Engineering Technician diploma, Dickson said.

“They treated me as a criminal. My crime, the only crime, that I was working,” Sandhu said in an interview with Global News.

According to Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website, international students who are enrolled as full-time students are only allowed to work 20 hours a week.

However, according to IRCC’s official website, a full-time student can work up to 40 hours in a campus job.

“Mr. Sandhu is facing deportation, this is sad Mr. Speaker,” Darshan Singh Kang, Calgary MP, said in the House of Commons.

He also suggested to the immigration minister to increase the working hours for international students.

According to Canadian immigration rules, full-time students can work full-time hours while on breaks such as summer and winter vacations.

Tyna Vayalilkollattu, an immigration lawyer at Vayalilkollattu Law, said “international students are only allowed to work 20 hours a week and must have a valid work permit”, but the majority of students work overtime and the penalties for students caught working illegally can differ.

“When it comes to removal, CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency) officers have a wide degree of discretion.  They can ask the student questions and look at their phones or any other documents they are carrying with them to determine whether the student has violated the conditions of their stay as students.  If the CBSA officer or an immigration officer determines that the student has violated the conditions of their stay, removal is a likely possibility and may carry an additional bar from returning to Canada for at least one year,” Vayalilkollattu said.

Sandhu was caught by the OPP while he was driving a commercial truck and the work-log showed that he was already working overtime, which means there won’t be a loophole for his lawyer to go for an appeal.

Every international student must be extremely careful about their working hours while maintaining a student status because failure to comply to the rules means that they could have problems with their temporary status as students and even their eligibility for permanent residence, she said.

“Working just for 20 hours are not enough to pay my tuition fee, rent and other expenditures,” said Febin Wilson, a business student at Mohawk College.

He said international students sometime will have to work illegally for cash to meet their needs.

High tuition fees are the main problem for international students which is why they work overtime hours, he said.

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8 Responses to Recent ruling to deport international student a warning for others working illegally

  1. Jobanpreet singh says:

    He is not criminal so please don’t deport him.

    • K says:

      This loser needs to go back. Period. Get your parents to pay for you or go home if you can’t afford to live here.

  2. Hrithik Sood says:

    Please, It would be very kind of Canadian government if they increase the working hours per week. The expenditures are very costly along with the highest tuition fees which we(International students) have to pay. What’s wrong with that? If we’ll do more work? #weneedhelp #pleasehelp.

  3. Deb says:

    He deserves to be deported. I’m an international student too but i do not work more than the permitted hours. Rules are meant to be followed. If you cannot afford the expenses then you should not come here. As simple as that! If he is not punished then others will also find excuses to work overtime and break the rules.

  4. Gaurav says:

    He should be deported. Follow the rules. Simple.If you cannot afford the expenses then do not come. If you want to come , study and settle here , then follow all the rules.

  5. A.J. says:

    He needs to be sent back. If you can’t afford the tuition you should not be coming to school here. We have our own Canadian citizens that can’t afford tuition for college or university, and thus have to sadly miss out on a post-secondary education. These international students are already afforded the privilege ann opportunity to work to a maximum of 20 hours per week, jobs which could easily be awarded to young Canadian students. So this student and the 50,000 people supposedly supporting his cause need to take a reality check. If he was so concerned about not being able to afford his education, I’m certain that there are some provisions to legally accommodate those types of situations. He broke the rules applied to him under the conditions of the student visa he was privileged to receive from Canada. You cannot abuse our generous system and expect to get away with it. Possibly he should have gone to this reporter who wrote the article and asked her to start a Go-Fund me campaign in his name and have the 50,000 petition signatories contribute. Just think, $1.00 from each of those $50,000 people would have paid two years of his tuition. Sorry Mr. Singh, you broke the rules, it’s time for you to go home. Hopefully you’ll learn a valuable life lesson from this experience. This is how life works.

  6. Peter Ebon says:

    He did something he know is illegal. He needs to be punished,

  7. Meredith says:

    Immigration Canada needs to increase the annual GIC amount to 20K. International students who don’t come from affluent families struggle to pay their tuition, rent, food and transportation. Some Indian parents even mortgage their house or take out loans to send their young children to Canada for the sole purpose of immigration the rest of the family through a super visa family sponsorship once the student receives their Permanent Residence.

    It’s tremendous pressure for these young adults. Indian parents need to stop and consider the consequences specifically the mental health issues that they are pushing onto their children through this exploitation.

    And our government needs to modify the Student Visa program!