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A former immigration manager, Diane Serre, has been sentenced to sour years in prison after giving special treatment to specific immigrants and their immigration applications in exchange for cash and gifts.
In his decision, the judge said, “Canada, as a whole, has also been harmed by your behaviour in that it conveys a message to prospective and current immigrants that our immigration system is corruptible and there are officials working in the system who can be bought.”
One of the men who Serre allowed to obtain permanent residency in Canada would not have obtained it otherwise, having been charged in a number of different criminal cases and having a suspicious number of names and passports. In addition, she fast-tracked permanent residence applications that would normally take months or years and had them processed in just a few weeks.
It’s estimated by the decision outline that she received at over $25,000 in payments with a friend, but she has since lost her job, is now notorious for participating in immigration fraud and has already spent years under bail conditions.
Remember – if anyone ever tells you they can get your immigration application processed faster or guarantee your application’s approval in exchange for cash or gifts, they’re engaging in fraud. And they are very likely to get caught – and when they are caught, your immigration application will be scrutinized heavily and any status you have obtained fraudulently can be revoked.
Only trust licensed immigration professionals like immigration lawyers with your immigration application, and ensure that you see the offer of expediting your application or approving your application (or someone saying they have an “in” at Citizenship and Immigration Canada) for the huge red flag it is.
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