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Changes to International Student Program aim to protect students


BRAMPTON, ON, Oct. 27, 2023 /CNW/ - Canada is a top destination of choice for international students, thanks to our high-quality educational institutions; our welcoming, diverse society; and the opportunities to work or immigrate permanently after graduation. While international students have contributed to life on campuses across the country, they have also experienced some serious challenges navigating Canada's International Student Program.

The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced plans to implement several measures aimed at strengthening Canada's International Student Program and at better protecting genuine students from fraud. These measures include the following:

We recognize the significant social, cultural and economic benefits that international students bring to Canada, and for those benefits to continue, we must address challenges to the integrity of the International Student Program. Through these measures, we are taking action against nefarious actors who have preyed on genuine students for financial gain by identifying every fraudulent letter of acceptance soon after it is submitted. Institutions that demonstrate strong support for international students will be recognized and their applicants will move to the front of the line for processing, and we will be able to better select and retain those students that are best suited to meet the needs of Canada's economy and immigration goals. These important reforms mark the initial changes identified through the review of the International Student Program, as well as the broader engagement initiative, An Immigration System for Canada's Future. This includes our ongoing work with institutions, provinces and territories, and organizations representing Canada's colleges and universities to better detect fraud and uphold the integrity of our immigration programs.

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"International students are talented, bright and deserving of a positive experience as they pursue their studies in Canada. We will continue to improve Canada's International Student Program by protecting students and weeding out those who try to take advantage of them. Whether an international student stays and works after graduation or returns home, we want their time as a student in Canada to have been beneficial to their growth and aspirations."

? The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

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