Protesting Indian students in Canada find solace as deportation plans are temporarily halted.

Punjabi international students in Canada, who are currently confronting the threat of deportation, are fervently seeking justice to address their situation.
Protesting Indian students in Canada received a significant respite when the deportation proceedings against Lovepreet Singh, the trigger behind the agitation, were postponed until further notice. The demonstrations commenced in Toronto on June 5 following the initiation of removal proceedings against Lovepreet Singh, a resident of Chatmala village in Punjab's SAS Nagar.

Following the discovery of fraudulent documents, the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) had instructed Lovepreet Singh to leave the country by June 13. It was found that the offer letter he had used to enter Canada on a study permit six years ago was counterfeit. Singh was one of approximately 700 students who received deportation notices from Canadian authorities due to fraudulent documentation.

On Friday, Aam Aadmi Party MP Vikramjit Singh Sahney announced that the Canadian government has decided to suspend the deportation of the 700 Indian students. Sahney, who also serves as the International President of the World Punjabi Organization, stated that the decision was made in response to his request and with the cooperation of the Indian High Commission.

"We have communicated with them and explained that these students are not guilty of forgery or fraud. They are victims of fraudulent practices, as unauthorized agents provided them with fake admission letters and payment receipts. Visas were also granted without proper verification. Furthermore, when the students arrived, the immigration department allowed them to enter," explained Vikram Sahney.

Approximately 700 students, primarily from Punjab, were on the brink of deportation from Canada due to the use of fraudulent documents. These students had fallen victim to Brijesh Mishra, a consultant based in Jalandhar, who sent them to Canada based on counterfeit offer letters from reputable colleges and universities.

The students were granted study permits, as even embassy officials were unable to detect the forgery. It was only upon their arrival at their respective educational institutions that they discovered they had not been enrolled there. Mishra provided various excuses and convinced them to either enroll in other colleges or wait for a semester.

It was only when these students applied for permanent residency in Canada, around 2016, that they discovered their documents were fraudulent. Following a thorough investigation by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), Mishra's firm, Education and Migration Services, was identified as the focal point of the deception. As a result, all students who had come through Mishra's firm between 2016 and 2020 were issued deportation notices.

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