Wednesday, January 9th, 2002
LET’S GO CANADA
There are many ways in which countries, and institutions in countries, have sought out advantages in recruiting international students. One such avenue has been in the area of employment privileges. The United Kingdom and Australia are notable examples of countries that have liberalized on and off-campus working entitlements to make offers of admission for study more enticing.
Where is Canada in this area? It is not at the leading edge for the time being. However, this issue is squarely on the radar screen of our Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, the Hon. Elinor Caplan.
The Association of Universities and Colleges has taken a leadership role in policy formation on this matter. To be abreast of the present policy issues being deliberated, contact Isabelle Légaré at email@example.com. Input by Friday, January 11, 2002 is appreciated.
Remember: The Advisory Committee on International Students and Immigration’s (ACISI) next meeting will be held in Ottawa on January 18, 2002.
According to the Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia is home to approximately 120 secondary schools with 134,500 students. The country itself boasts a literacy rate of 97%.
The Mongolian Youth Development Centre (MYDC) is an NGO that assists local youth in realizing aspirations to travel and study abroad. MYDC, in partnership with SSS Travel Co., has put in place an International Youth Summer Camp and an International Volunteer Work Camp to foster co-operation between youth of different nationalities. In addition, MYDC implements a variety of social programs aimed at combatting AIDS, alcohol- ism and child labour in the local population.
MYDC is hosting its Second International Education Fair in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia between April 26-28, 2002. Applications for 25-30 exhibitor spaces are currently being accepted, visit http://www.mydc.org.mn for further details.
OVER THE COUNTER
Canadian colleges and universities have long been targets for immigration fraud.
What can you do about it? One of the easiest ways is to check if your visa students are in class. Check to see if they’ ve paid their fees. Check to see if they’ ve asked for a refund.
What you might find is that you’ve been duped, or that your admission letter has been used to gain entry into Canada by someone with no intention to study. Other intentions may be to work illegally, claim refugee status, slip across the U.S. border, or engage in dangerous activities.
The shortcomings in institutional tracking of students that they have invited to Canada (with an admission letter) is the biggest reason why motivated and nefarious individuals will do whatever it takes to get an admission to a Canadian institution and apply for a visa. They know that once in Canada, few schools will ever follow up.
Institutions, however, can attract visa students and reduce the risks of immigration fraud. Want to know more? Contact Mel Broitman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following organizations have made various travel safety guides available to the public for free:
1. Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Website: http://www.voyage.gc.ca
Titles: “China (Including Hong Kong): A Guide for Canadian Visitors”; “Crossing the 49th: Advice for Canadians Travelling to the United States”; “Destination: Success – Services for Business Travellers”; “Her Own Way: Advice for the Woman Traveller; “Working Abroad: Unravelling the Maze”
To order: 1-800-267-8376 or email@example.com
2. Canadian Society for International Health Website: http://www.csih.org
Title: “Health Information for Canadian Travellers” To order: (613) 241-5785 or firstname.lastname@example.org