International students can now verify letters of acceptance

To prevent abuse, Canadian immigration has launched an online portal to verify letters of acceptance (LOAs) that international students submit in support of their visa application. LOA is an official confirmation that a student receives as a confirmation of admission into a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) — the only schools in Canada authorized to accept international students. Under this new system, the DLIs will be required to verify the LOAs students submit via the online portal, which only their representative(s) to the IRCC will have access to. If a DLI fails to validate the LOA within the time frame of 10 days, or if they validate the letter as fake, the student visa application will be cancelled and returned to the applicant.