Last updated time: 15 March 2023, 17:11 IST
These visa applications were submitted from 2018 to 2022 (Representative Image)
According to Chaman Singh Butt, after passing +2, about 700 students applied for study visas through the Education Migration Service in Jalandhar headed by one Brijesh Mishra.
The Canada Border Security Agency (CBSA) has issued notices to deport more than 700 Indian students whose admission letters were found to be fake.
Speaking to indianarrative.com from Toronto, Chaman Singh Butt said that after passing +2, about 700 students applied for study visas through the Education Migration Service in Jalandhar, headed by one Brijesh Mishra. These visa applications were submitted from 2018 to 2022.
Mishra charged each student between Rs 16 and Rs 20 for all expenses, including the admission fee of Humber University’s first institute. Airfare and security deposits are not included in the agent fee.
Butt said that when he and the other students landed in Toronto and were on their way to Humber College, Mishra received a phone call telling them that all the places in the courses offered had been filled and that they now had to wait for the next course to start. Semester after 6 months or else they can apply to another college and get safe time. However, he returned the Humber College fees, which convinced the students of his sincerity.
On Mishra’s advice, the unsuspecting students approached another, lesser-known college and got admission in the available 2-year diploma courses. After the beginning of the classes and the completion of the courses, the students received a work permit. Students who are eligible for permanent residence status in Canada usually submit the appropriate documents to the immigration department.
Butt says, “All the trouble started when the CBSA checked the documents on the basis of which the students were granted visas and found that the acceptance letters were fake. All students were given deportation notices after being given an opportunity to be heard.”
In response to the question, Butt said that the agent very cleverly did not sign our visa application files, but each student signed to indicate that the student was the applicant without hiring the services of any agent. This was done deliberately by Mishra as he forged the documents.
CBSA officials have now rejected claims of innocence by the “victims” because there is no evidence that Agent Mishra prepared and arranged all the documents.
The CBSA also rejected the failure of Canadian visa and airport authorities to issue visas and allowed entry by verifying the authenticity of all documents.
The only recourse left for students is to challenge the deportation notice in court, where the process can take 3-4 years. Hiring the services of Canadian lawyers is known to be a very expensive proposition.
When the parents of the duped students repeatedly tried to contact the agent in Jalandhar, his office was continuously found locked.
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