Dozens of international students gathered at the Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) office in Toronto last week, pleading for help and protesting for action.
The protest comes after hundreds of international students found out they had received fraudulent admission letters to post-secondary institutions in Canada.
As a result of the misrepresented and fake admission letters, students are allegedly facing deportation and receiving orders to leave Canada.
According to the students, they didn’t know their admission letters were fraudulent and misrepresented as the documents were prepared by an agent in India.
The students allege they recently found out the admission letters were fake once informed by the Canada Boarder Security Agency (CBSA).
Among the students at the protest was Rajan Kaur, who tells a similar story.
Kaur, who came to Canada in 2018, said she entered Canada using an admission letter to a post-secondary institution and is only now finding out it was fake, four years later.
She has since completed her studies and has obtained a work visa and is completing her permanent residence application but the news of her fake admission letter has caused her stress and sleepless nights.
Kaur doesn’t know whether or not she will be asked to leave Canada.
Social activist Mandeep Singh said that although some reports have stated as many as 700 international students are to be deported from Canada, there has been no official statement and the number could be more or less.
CBSA did not respond to a request for comment.