Canada reforms its international student admission process ‘to protect students from letter‑of‑acceptance fraud’
Canada government’s reform measures aim to strengthen Canada’s International Student Program and protect genuine students from fraud.
Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Mark Miller announced reforms to the international student admissions process at an event in Brampton, Greater Toronto Area, or GTA. The news referred to false confessions, mostly from India, involving forged documents last year.
These reforms aim to strengthen Canada’s International Student Program and protect native students from fraud. Starting this year, post-secondary institutions, or DLIs, must verify each applicant’s acceptance letter directly with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, or IRCC. Canada will implement this measure on December 1.
“International students deserve a talented, enlightened and positive experience while they are studying in Canada,” said Miller. “We will continue to improve Canada’s International Student Program by protecting students and cracking down on those who seek to take advantage of it.”
A statement from IRCC said, “This new and improved screening process is intended to protect prospective students from fraudulent acceptance letters and avoid the same problems that some students experienced earlier this year as a result of fraud investigations. It will also ensure that study permits are issued only on the basis of original admission letter.
Beginning in the fall of 2024, IRCC will adopt a “recognized institution” framework for postsecondary DLI use. Post-secondary DLI sets high standards for service, support and outcomes for international students. The statement added, “These DLIs, for example, will take advantage of priority study permits for applicants planning to enter school.”
IRCC said these measures will be taken to detect fake acceptance letters after they are submitted, and to protect genuine students from financial gain actors.
IRCC has established a task force to work with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to review cases involving fraudulent documents to prevent the deportation of genuine students. According to news agency HT, of the 103 cases investigated on October 12, 63 were confirmed to be genuine students while 40 were reported not.