New Delhi: In a major relief for Indian students in Canada, the Canadian authorities have decided to postpone the deportation of 700 Indian students after facing huge protests, Aam Aadmi Party MP Vikramjit Singh Sahney said.
The deportation proceeding initiated against Lovepreet Singh, which triggered the agitation, is now postponed until further notice.
Canadian authorities initiated removal proceedings against Lovepreet Singh June 5, who originally hails from SAS Nagar’s Chatmala village in Punjab., was when the protests began in Toronto.
The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) directed Singh to leave the country by June 13 after the authorities found that the offer letter on the basis of which he entered Canada six years ago on a study permit was fake.
Singh and other 700-odd students were served deportation notices by the Canadian authorities over fraudulent documents.
Aam Aadmi Party MP Vikramjit Singh Sahney who is also the International President of the World Punjabi Organization, said the Canadian government took the decision after his request and with the cooperation of the Indian High Commission.
“We have written to them and we have explained to them that these students have not done any forgery or fraud. They are victims of fraud because some unauthorised agents issued fake admission letters and receipts of payments. Visas were also applied without any checking. Then when the children reached there, the immigration dept also allowed them to enter,” Vikram Sahney said.
About 700 students were duped by a Jalandhar-based consultant, Brijesh Mishra, who sent them to Canada on the basis of fake offer letters from prominent colleges and universities.
They received study permits, even the embassy officials couldn’t detect the forgery and only upon their visit to their respective colleges and universities that they found out that they had not been registered in these institutions. The students said that Mishra made up excuses and convinced them to get enrolled in other colleges or wait for a semester.
Only after the students who had arrived in Canada in 2016 applied for permanent residency and found out that their documents were fake.
The CBSA conducted a detailed investigation and zeroed in on Mishra’s firm Education and Migration Services.
All students who had come through Mishra’s firm between 2016 and 2020 were then served deportation notices.
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