Hundreds of Indian students have taken to the streets to protest in Canada in the light of possible deportation after alleged admission to Canadian universities and colleges on “fake offer letters.” The students, mostly from Punjab, claim that travel agents in India have caused this racket.
As many as 700 Indian students have received deportation letters from the CBSA recently after their admission offer letters to educational institutions were found to be fake.
Students have set up their protest at the Airport Road of Mississauga, Ontario, outside the head office of the Canadian Border Security Agency (CBSA) since May 29. Smaller protests have been launched in other parts of Ontario as well.
According to a report by the Times of India, students have also reached out to Sean Fraser, the Canadian immigration minister, who has assured them that he would look into the matter.
However, the CBSA maintains its statement that the students entered the country “under false pretence, fraudulently.”
Indian NRI Affairs Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal has demanded the Indian Government’s intervention on this issue in a letter written to the Minister of External Affairs
“I also urge the Union Home Minister Amit Shah to cooperate with us in this case so that the travel agent can be severely punished for this cheating. I have also sought time to meet him so that the whole matter can be brought to the attention of the Central Government personally.”Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, Indian NRI Affairs Minister
Brad Redekopp, a Conservative MP in Canada, recently put a motion in the Parliamentary Committee on Immigration calling on the Canadian immigration minister to suspend the deportation of international students to India until their claims have undergone investigation. The motion was adjourned by a 6-5 vote.