CIMM – International Students – Establishment of a Task Force – June 14, 2023

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The purpose of this document is to provide a phased strategy regarding the individuals reported in the media as facing possible deportation orders by the CBSA due to fraudulent letters of acceptance stemming out of three CBSA led investigations otherwise known as the “700 Indian Students with fraudulent LOA.”

The CBSA has the obligation and authority to both investigate and write reports for individuals who are believed to be in violation of the inadmissibility clauses of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). IRCC has the legal authority to accept, review and grant status under Section A24 and A25 of IRPA based on a review of compelling factors.

The “700 Indian Students” fall into five cohorts:

Phase 1: TRP Ministerial Authorities to Intervene, Authorize Individuals who are Subject to Enforcement Action and who may been Recognized as Inadmissible to Remain in Canada:

On an individualized basis, the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Operations Sector can authorize a limited duration temporary resident permit (TRP) under A24 of the IRPA. This would allow the individual the necessary documents to pursue their studies and to work in Canada while preserving the delicate balance of sustaining the efforts to combat fraud.

IRCC will communicate with clients to reassure them that they will not be removed from Canada, as long as investigations into their genuineness are being conducted.

Phase 2: Establish a Task Force to Identify Individuals who were Victims of Fraud

Phase 3: Options to Remedy the Five Year Inadmissibility for Individuals Found to be Genuine Victims of Fraud After the Investigations

Option 1:

Individuals who have been determined to have been duped by unscrupulous actors following a review by the task force, would be invited to apply for Humanitarian and Compassionate consideration on an individualized basis to overcome their five year inadmissibility under A25(2) of IRPA. The application would follow normal intake mechanisms, but would be expedited to a decision maker. This would allow for an individualized response and would support the integrity of the process as outlined in Phase I and Phase 2. 

Option 2:

To enable individuals who have determined to have been duped by unscrupulous actors, the Minister of IRCC could exercise their authority to waive inadmissibility for the students via public policy. This Public Policy would look to lift the consequences of the five year inadmissibility and allow the students to apply for regular permanent pathways as appropriate to their interests.

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