Several former international students, who could be deported from Canada after Indian agents used forged documents to assist them in entering the country, staged an indefinite demonstration in the Greater Toronto Area, or GTA, that will continue until the deportation process is halted.
The ex-students gathered at the makeshift site on Airport Road in Mississauga, building makeshift shelters in hopes of solving their collective problems.
These students arrived in Canada between 2017 and 2019, and in rare cases, they arrived in Canada in 2020. They began receiving notices from CBSA in 2021 and last year requesting a hearing when the institution completed a letter of admission to a Canadian postsecondary institution, the basis of their study permit, which was “bogus.”
Most of the affected students were represented by Brijesh Mishra, an agent with Jalandhar-based consultancy EMSA Education Australia and Migration Services.
Former students said they were victimized through no fault of their own. In an open letter released in March under the banner of the victimized students, they said: “We desperately need justice; we are victims of fraud; we have no criminal class but face deportation orders.”
The current protests, which started on Monday, were sparked by the deportation order received by Lovepreet Singh, originally from Mohali, Punjab. The Canada Border Services Agency, or CBSA, asked him to leave the country on June 13.
Inder Singh, from Amritsar, one of the affected former students who took part in the protest, said: “We will continue to protest until Lovepreet’s deportation is lifted on June 13 and find a solution to our case. “
The location was chosen to be adjacent to the CBSA offices. Former students planned a massive protest march in front of the center on Friday.
At least 30 other such students face deportation proceedings, but none of the cases have yet been escalated to final orders. Some 130 other cases are under investigation.
Another student from Edmonton, Karamjeet Kaur, originally from Faridkot, faced deportation on May 30, but she stayed temporarily on the grounds that returning to India would endanger her safety. This extension will continue pending judicial review.
They also want the government to respond positively to their plight. This hope builds on a recent tweet by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Sean Fraser, who said: “We recognize the enormous contribution international students make to our country and continue to work as we assess each case. to support victims of fraud.”