Punjab to give legal assistance to 700 students facing deportation in Canada: Dhaliwal

HANDIGARH: Punjab NRI affairs minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal on Thursday said that the state government will provide free legal assistance to 700 students facing deportation in Canada.

Punjab NRI affairs minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal said he met the state's advocate general to figure how Indian students could be helped (Twitter/KuldeepSinghAAP)
Punjab NRI affairs minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal said he met the state’s advocate general to figure how Indian students could be helped (Twitter/KuldeepSinghAAP)

Most of these students belong to Punjab and they will be assisted by lawyers who are experts in immigration laws in Canada, he said.

Dhaliwal said he has also written to all MPs of Punjab origin in Canada to step in so that the future of these children can be secured.

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Chairing a high-level meeting with civil and police officers associated with the NRI department in Chandigarh, Dhaliwal also instructed all deputy commissioners and senior superintendents of police (SSPs) to scrutinize documents of travel agents and immigration agents and send a report by July 10. He expressed concern that many travel agents are running immigration agencies illegally.

Dhaliwal said that Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had already given clear instructions to improve the system. “If the system is transparent and clean, then there will be less scope for human trafficking by illegal travel/immigration agencies,” he said, announcing a special campaign against unscrupulous travel agents and immigration agencies in Punjab.

Dhaliwal also asked people to report cases from the last 10 years where an immigrant Punjabi has been deliberately implicated in a wrong case.

Such cases will be investigated and justice will be given to the victim, the minister added.

Dhaliwal has already sought the intervention of the Center to resolve the matter of 700 Indian students who are trapped in immigration fraud in Canada and facing deportation.

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