Immigration Minister Marc Miller has unveiled a package of reforms designed to combat fraud in international student admissions and stop bad actors from preying on those students for financial gain, and to fast-track study-permit applications at colleges and universities that meet high standards.
Among the new measures will be a multilayered authentication system for ensuring letters of acceptance from universities and colleges are genuine. A foreign student needs such a letter to apply for a study permit, an immigration document that allows them to enter the country. Fake letters have been used to obtain permits fraudulently.
In December, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will begin making colleges and universities verify these letters before the federal government processes study permit applications.