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According to this Ottawa Citizen story, a woman who acted as a “connection” during her stint as an operation manager at Citizenship and immigration Canada is on trial and facing 28 different charges for defrauding the government.
According to the article, a man would offer to take money from immigrants in order to fast-track their permanent residence applications, and give the money to the woman, who would then attempt to fast-track the applications.
Mahmoud Samih Zbib is currently testifying that when his wife’s application for permanent residence was delayed, he went looking for a solution. He gave the man $300 to have the application fast tracked, which he was assured would be done legally.
Complications arose (Zbib’s wife’s visitor’s visa had expired) and Zbib was told he needed to pay another $3,000, plus $3,000 further after the application was processed – all for “lawyer’s” fees. Zbib later saw that the man had been arrested in the paper, and it took his wife a further 5 years before she got her permanent residency status. The trial is still underway.
No one can “fast-track” your permanent resident application, even if they work for Citizenship and Immigration Canada. No amount of money can make it happen either. Our immigration system is backed up, and processing times are unfairly long at the moment.
One thing you can do is to make sure your application is handled properly. That means forms are completed properly; your documentation is in order and your application is submitted to the correct immigration office etc. Ensuring that your case is handled and managed correctly is your best bet for efficient processing. If there are errors in your application, expect long delays .
The key is to get it right the first time.
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