Student Visa fraud may lead to post-secondary school closures

A proposal has been made in the Gazette of Canada last month to toughen the rules of student visa. It has been reported that the immigrants coming on student visa look for an opportunity to join the labor market and also get involved into illegal professions.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada is preparing a plan which will enable a limited number of Canadian schools to accept international students. This may lead to closure of some post-secondary schools.

Under the new regulation all the provinces will be asked to submit a list of approved institutions. Only these institutions will be allowed to register international students.

The number of students attending the classes is far less than the number of students arriving the nation through student visa; however, the numbers are not quite clear.

Campbell, CEO of a Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) says, “Some of the schools are 60% international students. They could go out of business. About 20-25% depends on international markets.”

In provinces like British Columbia, a post-secondary institution needs to get registered with PCTIA if the tuition fee charged is $1,000 or more and the course is offered for more than 40 hours. Language schools need not follow any such regulation. Hence speculations are made that language schools will be least affected due to new rules.

Executive Director for Languages Canada, Gonzalo Peralta says, “proposed changes would address the protection of students’ rights and also the image of Canadian schools in the international market.”
She informs that government wants the student immigrants only to study and not get involved into anything else.
Till now Government had no way to control the phenomenon and had no correct information about the numbers too. There was no measure to control the process of fraud students coming here in the name of studies and getting engaged into some other profession.

Amid all this people are still unclear about the monitoring body, whether the government or the Institutions would be doing the same or if it would be outsourced. People are also calculating the cost, which experts claim that it is not going to be an expensive affair.

The move has been welcomed by experts in this field as the system would likely to be a fairer one where the fraud students will be kept out of reach and the Institutions would also not be able to make money with fraud students.

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