Relief for Indians caught up in Canada deportation row
In what can be called a relief for Indian students facing deportation from Canada, the country's immigration, refugees and citizenship (IRCC) minister, Sean Fraser, has said that international students who are not found to be involved in immigration-related fraud will not face deportation.
Fraser said that he has given instructions to issue a 'Temporary Resident Permit' to international students who came to Canada with the intention to study and without knowledge of the use of fraudulent documentation.
"I want to make it clear that international students who are not found to be involved in fraud will not face deportation. The Immigration Refugee Protection Act offers me discretionary authority which I believe should be exercised in the present context," Sean Fraser said in the official statement.
"Therefore, if the facts of an individual case are clear that an international student came to Canada with a genuine intent to study, and without knowledge of the use of fraudulent documentation, I have provided instructions for officers to issue a Temporary Resident Permit to that individual," he added.
Sean Fraser said that the decision will ensure that the "well-intentioned students and graduates" can remain in Canada and ensure that they are not placed under a five-year ban from re-entering Canada.
The statement of the Canadian Immigration Minister comes after a section of Indian students in Canada have been threatened with deportation for allegedly submitting fraudulent admission letters. India has been raising the issue concerning Indian students facing deportation in Canada.