Canada has halted the deportation of dozens of students who entered the country using fraudulent university admission letters, Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced on Wednesday.
Fraser said after the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported in March that some Indian students had been served with deportation orders for allegedly using false travel documents to enter Canada in an immigration scheme.
According to the CBC, the Canadian government has warned Indian students involved in a fraudulent university immigration scheme that they could face deportation. The students claim they were unaware of the fake credentials and false travel documents and blame the alleged fraud on immigration officials in India who assisted them in the application process. In response, students and advocates have requested a halt to the deportations.
What Will Happen to Students Involved in the Scam?
Fraser indicated that a special task team will investigate each instance of a student facing deportation. The number of those facing deportation was not disclosed to the public. Fraser announced that ongoing deportation would be temporarily halted, permitting students to remain in Canada while their cases are being considered.
According to official figures, Canada welcomed over 800,000 foreign students with active student visas in 2022, with around 320,000 of them being from India. Because of the relatively simple process of obtaining a work visa, Canada is a popular location for overseas students.
Students interviewed by the CBC disclosed that after arriving in Canada, they were informed by agents that they could not attend the institution that had purportedly issued their acceptance letters. They were instead directed to private colleges. When the students finished their education and requested work permits or permission to stay in Canada, the fraudulent scam became apparent.
Fraser pledged that legitimate international students who had been deceived by the scammers will be allowed to stay in Canada. Those who were complicit in the fraudulent plot, on the other hand, would be held liable. Authorities will look into evidence of those who arrived in Canada and immediately began working rather than studying.
How to Watch Out for Other Immigration Scams
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- How to Spot an Immigration Scam in 2023
- Top 5 Scams to Watch Out for in 2023
- How to Spot Scammers Pretending to Be VisaPlace
- How to Avoid Scams When Seeking Immigration to the United States
- Becoming a Victim to Immigration Advanced Fee Fraud
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