Canada’s Globe and Mail conducted an investigation which revealed widespread exploitation of international students.
Several international students claim to be scammed by fraud agents. These students have lost thousands of dollars as these agents promised them jobs and placements.
In some cases, agents working in private colleges lured these students to sign up for courses that they were not interested in. The agents falsely promised them these courses would get them a job as soon as they landed in Canada. In contrast, these courses turned out to be a waste of both time and money. No employer in Canada was willing to hire them in their field of study.
In contrast, these students had to work longer hours than what is allowed on a Student Visa. They also had to look for Canadian employers to sponsor them.
One Indian student had paid $32,500 to maintain his student permit while trying to get an employer to sponsor him. He said that recruiters often make fake promises which land students in difficult situations.
International students face similar issues in Australia as well. An inquiry in Australia revealed that fraud agents not just exploited the international students but also the visa system.
The inquiry report also revealed that agents were involved in 3/4th of all international admissions. Many agents were misguiding international students on work rights and immigration pathways. These agents often push international students into courses which are not suitable for the student. The report also cautioned that education agents in Australia are not regulated and hence anyone can become one, as per Macro Business.
The inquiry report also revealed that fraud agents who scammed international students were often given kickbacks by educational institutions.
IELTS is important while applying for a Student Visa in most English-speaking countries. Dodgy agents often use the IELTS pathway to scam international students. These agents are often found posting false advertisements promising IELTS certificates without appearing for the test.
A report by Four Corners showed that many institutes in Australia accepted international students by lowering their English standards. The report found that many international students struggled with English and found even basic lectures difficult to follow.
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