CUPE Support for International Students

Last year, two students from Nigeria who were studying in Regina were deported for working for two weeks at Walmart in contravention to their study permits. Deportation seemed very excessive given the circumstances. The women were denied a right to education and had to return to dangerous circumstances in their home country.

CUPE President Paul Moist wrote a letter to the Immigration Minister protesting the deportation. The letter was prepared by the CUPE National Post Secondary Education (PSE) Task Force in support of the students.

The two women did leave Canada, but now the Immigration Minister has changed the law to allow students with study permits to work off campus (as we suggested he do). Accordingly, the two students have been allowed to return to Canada and are very grateful for the support they received.

More details from CBC news.