Canada to support Indian students who face deportation

The IRCC began investigating immigration issues immediately after 700 Indian students got deported over false visas

Canadian Immigration Minister Sean Fraser announced that international students will have an opportunity to present evidence to the authorities in order to prevent their deportation. This comes months after the Canadian Border Security Agency (CBSA) issued deportation orders to over 700 Indian students whose admission offer letters to educational institutions were discovered to be fraudulent.

‌‌In a tweet, the Minister informed that recent complaints of bogus acceptance letters were being carefully looked into by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). "To be clear: Our focus is on identifying culprits, not penalizing victims. Victims of fraud will have an opportunity to demonstrate their situation & present evidence to support their case," the tweet read.

"We recognize the immense contributions international students bring to our country & remain committed to supporting victims of fraud as we evaluate each case," it added.

‌‌Jenny Kwan, a member of parliament at Vancouver East, and NDP Critic for Housing, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, in a letter to Fraser, addressed the issue of deportation of Indian students. She said, “These students find themselves in a devastating situation through no fault of their own, as they were unknowingly provided unauthentic admission letters. According to reports, the students applied for visas through a consulting company which has since been closed. The issue only came to light when the students applied for Permanent Residency.”

‌‌The MP urged the Minister to look into the matter and grant stay orders on the deportation of the students. "Barring any concerns with serious criminality, I would also urge you to support the calls of the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change and Migrant Rights network, by providing the students with a pathway to permanent status as part of a broad regularization program, and by waiving inadmissibility on the basis of misrepresentation," she added.

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