Over 700 Indian students are reportedly on the verge of being deported from Canada after their admission offer letters to universities were discovered false. Canada Border Security Agency (CBSA) deportation notices were recently delivered to these students. The CBSA discovered that these students had submitted bogus letters as their “admission offer letter” when they applied for PR in Canada. All of the students received deportation orders after the deception was discovered. According to reports, the CBSA officials rejected the victims’ claims of innocence because there was no evidence that agent Mishra had gathered and organised all the paperwork.

The Canadian government refused to accept responsibility for the shortcomings of the Canadian visa and airport authorities, who issued visas and allowed travellers entry by verifying the legitimacy of all supporting documentation. According to reports, these students visited Canada in 2018–19. This is the first large-scale student visa scam to be discovered in Canada. A student from Toronto named Chaman Singh Batth reportedly told indianarrative.com over the phone that after graduating from high school, 700 pupils sought for study visas through Education Migration Services. As per the report, the student added that Mishra also said they could be admitted to another college. He returned their college fees which made the students believe he was genuine, Batth told the news website.

The students were admission to other colleges and completed their courses. Some of them reportedly also got work permits, reports said. It was only now that the CBSA found out that the letters were fake. There is no official statement from the Canadian authorities on the same yet, but reports say that they have refused to accept claims of innocence of the victims. The authority reportedly asked them to return to India because they allegedly created phoney “admission offer letters” to seek admittance into Canada for studies, shattering the Canadian dream of many Indian students. When these students filed for permanent residency following the receipt of their study completion letters, the CBSA started an inquiry that brought the entire situation to light.

The students who were impacted by the circumstances and agents submitted a fraudulent document for their visa application. Additionally, they are questioning the government as to why they were given student visas in the first place if their paperwork was fraudulent. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) makes it legal for the CSBA to deport any foreign nationals or permanent residents who are barred from entering Canada, the organisation stated in a statement.