Canadian study permits are much in demand. Registering an impressive 40% jump, the total number of study permits issued by Canada in 2018 was 358,190. In 2015, the number was 219,195.
With so many people coming to Canada on a study permit, there is much scope for the so-called ‘recruiters’ for indulging in dishonest dealings.
Visa fraud is more common than we think.
Entering a country without valid documentation can put you in serious trouble.
Unsuspecting foreign nationals, especially gullible international students, are more likely to fall into the trap of scamsters that often masquerade as recruiters.
While there are many legitimate agents doing honest work, it is quite a task to separate the genuine from the fraudulent.
The Globe and Mail unearthed many cases of disillusioned Indians in Canada who had been fooled by visa consultants. A significant number of such cases were reported from Ontario and British Columbia.
In Canada, private colleges mean big business. A $15-billion business, to be precise. Ontario has around 476 university and college campuses that are approved for enrolling overseas students. British Columbia has 256.
Many of such private colleges have three things in common. They have lower admission standards, are low profile with less public scrutiny, and are usually much smaller as compared to the publicly-funded educational institutions.
Things to Remember
Applying for a study permit to Canada through a recruiter? Always keep the following in mind –
Check with the official websites
Always make it a point to cross-check everything from the official website of the country as well as the university that you are applying to.
Be wary of “no need to attend classes” claims
Do keep in mind that there are no shortcuts to getting a valid work permit, regardless of the country that you might be considering.
You will have to be enrolled as well as attend classes for your student visa to be valid in the first place.
Check accreditation of the university
Always check the genuineness of the university or college that you are applying to.
World Education Services (WES) warns overseas students against applying to a suspicious school to get hold of a student visa. As per WES, using a real visa for attending a fake school is considered a crime in the U.S.
A tell-tale sign of fake visa agents is that they are unable to handle questions and enquiries related to academics. If your agent is more committed to building a rosy picture of your future in Canada rather than talking about SAT-GPA, in all probability you have run into a fake agent.
Be wary of tall claims
Fake visa agents will promise a lot. Usually, they will assure you of a 3-years’ work permit on graduation, which would let you stay on and work in Canada, applying for a PR in the due course of time.
Many a times, these are just tall claims with so sound backing whatsoever.
Committing on behalf of the college
Do keep in mind that, contrary to what you might have been told, an immigration consultant is not authorised for making any commitment or statement on behalf of the educational institution in Canada.
All things said and done, when it comes to visa agents that promise you a study permit in Canada, always adhere to the Golden Rule. Trust your gut feeling. If something does not feel right, it usually is.
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