On June 14, 2023, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Sean Fraser, has addressed the issue of international students and graduates facing deportation from Canada due to fraudulent acceptance letters submitted with their study permit applications. Fraser acknowledged that some students were deceived by individuals claiming to help them with their immigration process, while others intentionally used fake acceptance letters to exploit the immigration system, with some even being involved in organized crime.

Task force established to identify victims of fraud

  1. Fraser assured those affected that their well-being is a priority and stated that a task force has been established to work with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) in identifying victims of fraud who genuinely came to study in Canada. He emphasized that international students not involved in fraud will not be deported and that discretionary authority will be exercised to issue Temporary Resident Permits to those who came to Canada with genuine intentions to study and without knowledge of the fraudulent documentation.
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What you can do as a prospective student?

Applicants are advised to conduct thorough research, obtain acceptance letters from recognized institutions, and refer to the official website for accurate program information.

How to choose the right representative

Any person providing citizenship or immigration advice or representation to a client for a fee or other form of consideration MUST be an authorized representative. To be authorized representatives they must be one of the following:

 

Note that a person who identifies themselves as a licensed immigration consultant doesn’t necessarily mean they are one. You should always verify their identity and status on the online public register. IRCC don’t deal with representatives who charge a fee but are not authorized. If you use an unauthorized representative, in Canada or abroad, IRCC may return your application or refuse it.