An estimated 700 international students in Canada have been faced with accusations of fraud. Many foreign students which came to Canada to study at some of the top universities were conned by people who pretended to be aiding them in their Canadian visa application process. CBSA and IRCC together are identifying the victims of the fraud and instead of going through the standard PR procedure, IRCC will grant these people access to a special Canadian permanent residency (PR) process where top IRCC and CBSA officials will evaluate each individual case. The rest of the students caught in the fraud will be deported from Canada with 5 years ban because instead of studying, they took advantage of the country’s immigration system.
The federal government discovered the Letters of Admissions (LOAs) that served as the basis for the estimated 700 foreign students from India who are facing expulsion from Canada were in reality fake, according to press sources. Canadian Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs), which are authorized by the government to accept foreign students, issue LOAs. Prospective international students can apply for Canadian study permits from IRCC in order to move to Canada if they have a LOA. According to the claims, the LOAs were faked by a dishonest immigration consultant in India who took the students’ money in exchange for helping them study in Canada and then vanished. The students assert that they were not aware of the consultant’s dishonest actions.
In order to protect themselves from any kind of potential fraud, all applicants applying for a Canadian study visa must continue to make sure that they conduct their research, have an acceptance letter from a DLI, and consult the official website regarding the programs.
What is immigration fraud?
Immigration fraud refers to actions or practices with intention to deceive Canadian immigration authorities for personal gain. Involves providing false or misleading information, documents, or misrepresentation of one’s edibility or qualifications for immigration purposes. If you lie on an application or in an interview with an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) officer, this is fraud. Immigration fraud is illegal and has consequences, like criminal charges, deportation, and being barred from entering Canada in future. The con artist may locate their victims using a bogus “immigration services” website, by pretending to be a consultant over the phone or in an email, or by approaching them through official business channels.
To avoid immigration fraud, it is recommendable always to ask for guidance by authorized immigration consultants and visit the IRCC websitefor all the accurate information and requirements.