Canada exposed to student visa fraud

October 2, 2008

According to an internal government review obtained by the Vancouver Sun, Canada places so few restrictions on foreign students that the country's student-visa system is open to widespread abuse and fraud. The report notes that rules are so lax that students cannot be deported even if they never show up for class. The review was ordered last year after a previous audit uncovered rampant student-visa fraud in BC. Because of the problems, Canada's student-visa system could affect the country's reputation as a provider of quality education and pose threats to national security and safety. Vancouver Sun