Up to 6,500 people could lose Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residence Status
Fraud may cost thousands Canadian Citizenship
According to this CBC article, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has announced that after a two-year investigation, approximately 2,100 people could see their Canadian Citizenship revoked while 4,400 others could have their permanent residency status revoked as well due to immigration fraud.
Canadian Citizenship fraud stems from faking residency requirements
According to the article, the majority of the fraud stems from immigration consultants charging money to make it appear as if the applicant was living in Canada when they were actually not in Canada at all or barely spent any time in Canada – but has nothing to do with people who may have minor disputes over the residency requirements, such as whether it is unclear if the applicant was in Canada for the required amount of time. The investigation targeted outright fraud, such as fake documents like hydro bills or rent receipts to make it look like the person lived in Canada.
“We will apply the full strength of Canadian law. Where evidence permits, we will seek the revocation of permanent resident status or citizenship and in some cases the deportation of anyone perpetrating such fraud,” said Kenney.
It might take longer to come to Canada and obtain Canadian Citizenship the proper, legal and ethical way. But in the end, it is worth it: imagine obtaining your Canadian Citizenship fraudulently and then worrying about the threat of deportation from Canada or having your Canadian Citizenship revoked for the rest of your life.
If you do find a consultant who will offer to get you Canadian Citizenship for a fee and says you don’t have to spend the required amount of time in Canada – run, and then find yourself a Canadian immigration lawyer who will help you earn your Canadian Citizenship the right way.
About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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