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700 Indian Students Fear Deportation From Canada Over 'Fake' Letters

Punjab NRI Affairs Minister Dhaliwal requests External Affairs Minister Jaishankar's intervention.

700 Indian Students Fear Deportation From Canada Over Fake Letters

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 Jun 2023 2:12 PM GMT

ONTARIO: Nearly 700 Indian students residing in Canada faced the threat of deportation after Canadian authorities discovered that their admission offer letters were fraudulent. The issue emerged in March when these students applied for permanent residency in Canada.

In light of the situation, Kuldip Singh Dhaliwal, the Minister of Punjab NRI Affairs, sought the assistance of S Jaishankar, the External Affairs Minister (EAM). Dhaliwal sent a letter to Jaishankar, requesting a meeting to discuss the matter further. "I have also sought time to meet EAM so that the whole matter can be brought to the attention of the GOI personally," Dhaliwal stated.

In the letter to the EAM, Dhaliwal said, “These (700) students are innocent and have been cheated by the clique of fraudsters…”. Dhaliwal wrote, “I shall be highly grateful if you again look into the matter personally and take up the matter with concerned agencies including the High Commission of Canada and the government of Canada so that these students can be saved from being deported.”

Expressing concern in the letter, Dhaliwal emphasized that the affected students were innocent and had fallen victim to a group of fraudulent individuals. He urged Jaishankar to personally investigate the matter and liaise with relevant authorities, including the High Commission of Canada and the Canadian government, to prevent the students from being deported. Dhaliwal also called upon the people of Punjab to exercise caution when planning to study abroad or send their children overseas, advising them to thoroughly verify the college details and the background of travel agents.

The Mayor of Brampton shared a post on Twitter where he can be visiting the protest site. He wrote, "Joined Gurpartap Singh Toor tonight at the international student protest site to show our support for students. International students have been part of Canada’s success story. Any dream is possible in Canada. Students shouldn’t be the victims of fraudulent immigrant consultants many years after their journey to Canada."

Overall, the incident highlighted the plight of the Indian students facing deportation due to counterfeit admission offer letters in Canada. Dhaliwal's appeal to the External Affairs Minister aimed to garner support and assistance from the Indian government to protect these students from deportation and address the fraudulent practices of certain individuals involved in the matter.

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