Almost 700 Indian students, mostly from Punjab, are at risk of being deported from Canada as the border services agency of the country discovered that their admission offer letters to the educational institutions were fake.
Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, on Thursday (June 8), assured the Punjab government that the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian High Commission in Canada will make sure to resolve the issue of those Indian students facing deportation due to fraudulent admission offers.
Jaishankar’s address on the issue came after Punjab Minister of NRI Affairs Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal’s plea for intervention, acknowledging that the students from Punjab were victims of fraud and it would be unfair to punish them.
A motion supporting former international students from India, who are at risk of deportation, was passed by a House of Commons committee.
🇨🇦 Conservatives leader of opposition @PierrePoilievre raises the concerns of victim international students facing deportation in fake offer letter case#stopdeportation #supportinternationalstudents @SeanFraserMP @JustinTrudeau @SalmaZahid15 pic.twitter.com/5Uz3VFPyPb— INC - Immigration News Canada (@CanadaImmigra20) June 7, 2023
Brijesh Mishra, a Jalandhar-based consultant lured students to a life in Canada by offering them fake letters from esteemed colleges and universities.
This international student testified he hired Brijesh Mishra, owner of EMSA, a consulting firm in Jalandhar, to get a visa to study in Canada but had no idea the Humber College admission letter the agent used for the application was doctored.https://t.co/edjjZMm5mz— Toronto Star (@TorontoStar) March 25, 2023
On Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the government’s primary objective is to identify the responsible individuals rather than punishing the victims.
Federation University and Western Sydney University in Autralia on May 25 directed education agents to cease recruiting students from Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and the UT of Jammu and Kashmir in response to visa frauds.
A letter was written by the Federation University to education agents on May 19 stating a significant increase in visa applications being rejected by the Department of Home Affairs over non-genuine intentions, the ban was effective immediately and is supposed to remain for at least two months.
In the midst of PM’s ‘event’ in Australia with Indian Diaspora was going on ,Australian Universities have banned the recruitment of students from specific Indian states as their federal government has voiced fresh concern over increasing visa fraud. pic.twitter.com/ZZ9ThusXDl— সত্যান্বেষী (@satyanewshi) May 26, 2023
Ironically, this development came two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese signed a migration partnership agreement on May 24.
Why the ban?
For more details also read: Australian universities ban Indian students from 6 states, UT to keep fraud visas out
In efforts to curb migration in the United Kingdom, the Rishi Sunak led government introduced new immigration rules for international students including those from India.
The government has introduced a series of changes to student visas and regulations concerning dependents having a significant impact on individuals.
What led to this decision?
The significant rise in students bringing family members is putting untenable pressure on public services.— Suella Braverman MP (@SuellaBraverman) May 24, 2023
Tightening the student route will help to cut migration by restricting post-graduate students from bringing dependents or using the route as a backdoor to work. 1/2
For more details also read: UK is cracking down on student visa dependents, plus updates on switching visas