The immigration minister of Canada, Sean Fraser, has announced that international students who are not involved in immigration fraud will not be deported. Fraser has given instructions to issue a ‘Temporary Resident Permit’ to students who came to Canada to study honestly and without knowing about fraudulent documentation.
Fraser emphasized that students who didn’t commit fraud will not face deportation. He has the authority to make decisions based on the Immigration Refugee Protection Act, and he believes it should be used in this situation. If it’s clear that an international student genuinely intended to study in Canada and was unaware of any fraudulent documents, officers will issue a Temporary Resident Permit for them.
This decision ensures that well-intentioned students and graduates can stay in Canada and won’t be banned from re-entering the country for five years. During the process, preliminary Temporary Resident Permits will be issued if necessary to prevent immediate deportation while their cases are under review.
The statement by the Canadian Immigration Minister addresses the concerns of Indian students facing deportation due to fraudulent admission letters. The actual number of affected students is lower than the reported 700. India has been raising this issue, and the Canadian government is focused on identifying those responsible for the fraud. Fraser urges applicants to do proper research and refer to the official website before applying for a study permit.
Fraser acknowledges the significant contributions of international students and is committed to an honest and transparent pathway to Canada. The Canadian authorities are determined to crack down on dishonest consultants who abuse the immigration system for personal gain.
Through a Twitter statement, Fraser assures students that their well-being is a priority, and steps are being taken to address the situation.
India has been raising concerns about Indian students facing deportation, and the matter has been discussed between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Canadian counterpart. The Indian government urges Canadian authorities to be fair, as the students themselves are not at fault. The actual number of students facing deportation for fraudulent admission letters is much lower than the reported – 700.