In what could be a warning for thousands of young Punjabi students looking for greener pastures in Canada, an international student hailing from Punjab Jobandeep Sandhu was arrested for “working too hard” — beyond thestipulated hours— and faces deportation.
He was stopped by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on December 13, 2017, during a “routine check up” while he was found to be driving a commercial vehicle between Toronto and Montreal on the Highway 401.
After a few minutes and with little explanation, he claims he was arrested, handcuffed and placed in the back seat of an OPP squad car.
While the background check of Sandhu showed he had no criminal history till the time of his arrest, the perusal of his driver log book revealed that he had worked “way beyond’ the stipulated 20 hours a week allowed to any international student in Canada by the Canadian government.
The Canadian rules stipulated that the international students studying in Canada could work up to 20 hours a week “off campus” without a separate work visa.