Hundreds of international students who paid more than $ 15,000 in tuition at Scarborough College say their enrollment was unilaterally suspended, jeopardizing their study permits.
Harmanpreet Kaur recently completed its first semester at Alpha College of Business and Technology, a subsidiary of St. Lawrence College when she received an email on May 17 informing her that her enrollment in the spring semester had been suspended.
Kaur is among dozens of students protesting night and day in front of Alpha College on Kennedy Road.
The lives of international students are “completely incomplete without a letter of enrollment,” she said, as “the main proof that we are registered in Canada as students.”
Classmate Ekam Noor says some Alpha students who are still in India received a letter of offer and paid fees, only to be told they would not receive a letter of enrollment.
“Students who are still in India who have not yet come here were given a letter of offer by the faculty and they took their tuition fees. They paid about $ 16,000 for two semesters and then told them they could not come to Canada because they don’t give them an enrollment letter, ”Noor said.
“It’s a problem for them because they’ve lost their fees and they can’t come here to complete this study.”
Students want the faculty to guarantee in writing that they will be able to graduate according to plan. However, Alpha President Vivian Liu said the break semester is a typical part of the school year and should not affect students ’ability to apply for a postgraduate work permit.
“All students who meet the enrollment requirements remain active students,” she said in a statement to CBC News, published via St. Petersburg. Lawrence College, which did not address students ’concerns about the study permit.
Liu said the school proposed “alternative enrollment options” due to increased demands for the winter and spring semesters.
“It really destroys my mental health”
Harmanpreet Kaur says the events of the past week have affected the mental health of the students.
“We come here from our country with a lot of dreams, with a lot of hope,” she said. “Our family, our relatives are not there to support us. It really destroys my mental health.”
Ramanpreet Kaur says that in her first semester everything went smoothly and then she received shocking news.
“I turned to college [and] they said like, ‘we’re not going to enroll you,’ ”she said.
“I was in shock. For example, suddenly, what happened? Everything was fine. I was so depressed.”
The Ontario Ministry of Schools and Universities is aware of the situation, a spokesman told CBC News.
Rashi Jain says the ministry is in contact with St. Paul’s College. Lawrence and understands that the school and its affiliate are working to find solutions for the affected students.
“The ministry understands that all students affected for the 2022 spring semester are adjusted,” Jain wrote in an email.
Jain said international student study permits are a federal responsibility, but federal guidelines state that study permit holders can take a leave of up to 150 days and are still considered to be actively pursuing their studies.
We can’t believe their commitments because they tell us different things every day and we just can’t believe them.– Ekam Noor, student, Alpha College of Business Technology
But Noor, one of the enrolled students, said trust has been shattered, adding that students receive mixed messages from the faculty.
“The only thing we want from this faculty is that they give us written proof that they will finish our graduation here, and then they allow us to finish our degree and not do anything like that in the future,” Noor said. .
“We can’t believe their commitments because they tell us different things every day and we just can’t believe them.”
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