Fraser responded to reports concerning international student fraud
On June 13, 2023, Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, made a statement concerning the reports of international student fraud. He said international students who are not found to be involved in immigration-related fraud will not be deported. Fraser said he directed the issuance of temporary resident permits (TRP) to foreign students who came to Canada intending to study and were unaware of the use of forged documents.
The minister’s statement came after a group of Indian students in Canada was threatened with deportation for allegedly submitting fraudulent letters of acceptance. He urged applicants to make sure they do proper research and access the official website before applying for a study permit.
The honorable Minister’s Statement regarding International student fraud
The following statement has been issued by the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC):
“I understand that those affected by fraudulent individuals consider this situation upsetting and I want to encourage them that their well-being is of the highest priority. As a result, I’ve already put together a team of my officials and asked them to collaborate closely with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to identify the victims of fraud, or those students who came to Canada to study and actually did so.”
“Let me be clear: International students who aren’t found to have committed fraud will not be deported. I have discretionary authority under the Immigration Refugee Protection Act, which I think I should use in this instance. I have thus given officers instructions to issue a Temporary Resident Permit to an international student if the facts of a particular case indicate that the individual came to Canada with the intention to study and were unaware that they were using fraudulent documentation.
This will guarantee that those with good intentions students and graduates can stay in Canada and prevent them from being subject to the usual 5-year ban on re-entering Canada that usually results from misrepresentation. Preliminary Temporary Resident Permits will be provided if needed to stop imminent deportation for anyone under assessment while this process ends.”
“To better detect and combat fraud and uphold the integrity of our immigration programs, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has been working together even more closely with designated learning institutions (DLIs), the provinces and territories, and organizations that represent Canadian colleges and universities. This is in line with my instructions to officials.”
“The Government of Canada is not focused on penalizing anyone who may have been affected by the fraud; rather, it concentrates on discovering those who are responsible for the fraudulent action.
“We are committed to offering an honest and open pathway to Canada because we comprehend the immense value that international students make to our nation. All applicants must make sure they do their research, have an acceptance letter from a DLI, and visit the official website to find out about all of our programs before applying for a study permit. We encourage you to come forward and report fraud if you think you have been misled by fraudulent experts.
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