In a new video, the Canadian Foreign Exchange Association (CFEA) released a statement urging Canadians to be more understanding when they hear about foreigners getting preferential treatment in Canada.

“The CFEA is aware that certain foreign students from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan have had their applications for admission to Canada processed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAT), despite not being Canadian citizens,” the statement reads.

The statement continued: “We know this is an ongoing problem and we appreciate the efforts of DFAT to identify and correct this situation.

But we also know that this is not the first time this has happened.

As the organization that has been involved with foreign exchange students for over 35 years, we know that the process of making sure these students get a fair chance to succeed is a challenging and frustrating one.

We are aware that the CFEA and its members have been contacted by students and parents concerned about this issue.

And we will continue to work with DFAT, the Ministry of Foreign Trade, and other federal and provincial governments to ensure that foreign students receive fair treatment and are able to study in Canada.”

According to the CFSEA, the Department is currently processing applications from approximately 6,200 applicants.