Many Indian foreign students were exploited by a fraudulent Indian immigration consultant who issued fraudulent letters of acceptance to Canadian Universities. Nearly 700 international students from India face deportation from Canada due to the actions of a fraudulent Indian immigration consultant. Canada Border Services Agency informed students the documents were fake and warned them that they could face deportation. The immigration fraud was detected when the students completed their courses and either applied for work permits or for permission to stay in Canada.
Canada has announced a freeze on the deportation of students who entered Canada using forged university letters of acceptance. Immigration Minister Fraser said that international students who were not aware of the fraud will not face deportation and will not be removed from Canada:
"Any pending removals will be halted in the interim and there will be a temporary permission to stay over the course of this period of consideration."
According to government data, there were more than 800,000 foreign students with active visas in Canada in 2022, and 320,000 were from India.
Calgary immigration lawyer Evelyn Ackah says,
“False promises, misrepresentation and immigration fraud are something everyone who wants to move to Canada should be aware of. Full and part-time international students usually require a study permit and must attend a Designated Learning Institution; as well as meet all other eligibility criteria to study and work in Canada. If students want to work while attending school in Canada, there are strict eligibility requirements based on their course study and their potential employer.”
Do You Want To Study In Canada?
Canada is a welcoming country to international students who want to study and work in Canada and become a Canadian permanent resident. Tthe Canadian government wants more international students to study in Canada and then become Canadian Permanent Residents to help build the economy. IRCC has created new immigration programs to help qualified international students study in Canada and then work and live in Canada.
1. Student Direct Stream
The Student Direct Stream (SDS) offers faster processing of Study Permit applications for international students with legal resident status in China, India, the Philippines and Vietnam. If the student’s application does not meet the SDS requirements, IRCC will review the application as a regular Study Permit application and the application will not be processed faster.
2. IEC Co-Op Internship
International Experience Canada allows young students aged 18 to 30 or 35 (depending on the country of citizenship) to work in Canada for up to two years. Canada is part of an international agreement with 34 other countries who provide opportunities for young adults to get valuable international work experience.
An IEC student co-op internship in Canada is a Work Permit granted to someone in graduate school who has a written job offer for an IRCC approved position that is related to their field of studies
3. Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)
A post-graduation work permit allows students who graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain work experience in Canada.
The Post-Graduation Work Permit is an Open Work Permit; international graduates with a PGWP are not required to have a Canada job offer, can work in any occupation anywhere in Canada, and can change employers at any time.
Work experience through a Post-Graduation Work Permit Program can help support an application to become a permanent resident of Canada.
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Do You Have Questions About Your Eligibility To Study In Canada?
Get in touch with Ackah Business Immigration Law today to arrange a consultation and discover more about how we can assist you in studying and working in Canada. Ackah Business Immigration Law is a full-service immigration law firm for businesses and individuals, with offices in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Contact Ackah Law today at (403) 452-9515 or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.