Canada: Those Not Involved in Visa Fraud Receive Temporary Permits

Sean Fraser has made a significant announcement addressing foreign students who are victims of Canadian visa fraud. He gives students who weren't involved in any fraudulent activities the assurance that they won't be deported and will instead be given temporary permits to finish their education and find employment.

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Sean Fraser, Canada's Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship (IRCC), made a key announcement on Wednesday, saying that international students who came to Canada to continue their studies and who were not complicit in any visa fraud will not be expelled from the nation. The minister's message attempts to allay worries and offer comfort to people who have been harmed by fraudulent activity.

International students who are not proven to be involved in fraud will not face deportation, Minister Fraser emphasised, underscoring the flexibility afforded to him by the Immigration Refugee Protection Act. I have discretionary power under the Immigration Refugee Protection Act, which I think I should use in the current situation.

He went on to say that the Canadian government does not prioritise punishing innocent people who might have unintentionally fallen victim to fraud.

Fraser stated that interim permits will be issued to help the impacted students finish their education and find employment in Canada.

He said, "I have given instructions for officials to grant that person a Temporary Resident Permit... and make sure that they are not subject to the five-year ban from reentering Canada that usually follows cases of misrepresentation.

Fraud Victims Identification Task Force

The Canadian government, along with the Canada Border Security Agency (CBSA), has formed a task group to locate fraud victims. This collaborative endeavour attempts to identify and support those students who came to Canada to study for real purposes.

Increasing Systems and Collaboration

Minister Fraser additionally exhorted Canadian colleges to improve their security measures to thwart the submission of fraudulent applications. He emphasised the tight collaboration between the IRCC ministry and educational institutions to efficiently detect and counteract such fraudulent operations, emphasising the importance of the problem.

International Initiatives to Resolve the Problem

Punjab NRI Affairs Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal took action earlier this month to allay the worries of the impacted students. He wrote to Sanjay Kumar Verma, the Indian High Commissioner to Canada, and Cameron Mackay, the Canadian High Commissioner to India, pleading for their attention to the situation.

Dhaliwal also contacted S. Jaishankar, the minister of external affairs, to urge his cooperation in preventing the deportation of the affected students and to instead issue them work permits.

The Canadian government's dedication to resolving the issue and supporting foreign students who have been the victims of fraud demonstrates its commitment to upholding fairness and guaranteeing a welcome environment for all legitimate students who wish to pursue their academic goals in Canada.

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