International students in Canada are pleading for help after receiving fake offer letters from post-secondary institutions.
Nearly 700 Indian students are reportedly facing deportation from Canada as their admission offer letters to educational institutions were found to be fake.
The students recently received deportation letters from the Canadian Border Security Agency (CBSA). They had entered Canada using the admission offers to qualify for student visas, and in some cases, had completed their studies (albeit at different schools). The issue came when the students applied for permanent residency; once the entry documents were discovered to have been invalid, the students were told they weren’t eligible to remain in Canada.
Ken Hardie, Liberal member of parliament (MP) from British Columbia, has come forward to amplify the voices of these students.
“The Ministry is engaged, I was in touch with senior people in Mr. Fraser’s staff this morning and they are looking into it.”
In February, international students in Brampton led a protest to raise awareness against the fraudulent letters issued by the CBSA, seeking public help and guidance.
According to the students, their documents for Canadian student visas were prepared by an immigration agent in India.
Students report their documents were prepared by an agent by the name of “Jalandhar” who reportedly created fake offer letters.
The students claim the agent prepared fake acceptance letters and as a result, hundreds of students became victims of involuntary fraud.
Immigration expert, Amandeep Dhillon, said most international students in India rely on immigration agencies for help.
Dhillon explained that most students hire an immigration agent to help with the paperwork and immigration process.
While international students are appealing to immigration courts, they are also raising awareness and public attention.
Hardie is asking students to reach him as he wants to help students impacted by these fraudulent letters.
“I’m actually seeing numbers pop up on my cell phone as we speak,” Hardie said.
He has shared his email and is openly talking about this issue on social media, campaigning for students.
“I’ve been able to almost connect with a couple of people that are directly involved in it,” Hardie said.
Also in British Columbia, Guru Nanak Modi Khana Food Bank Society, wrote a letter to Prime Minster Justin Trudeau pleading for help.
In the letter seeking Trudeau’s attention, they said some students have no access to food, water or shelter.
“These are days when I would not want to be in the senior staff of the ministry because they have some tough decisions to make,” Hardie said.