Over 3,000 Canadian Citizenships to be Revoked

Canadian Government Orders Canadian Citizenships Revoked

According to this CBC News article, the Canadian government has ordered the removal of 3,100 Canadian Citizenships after investigating over 11,000 different cases. While the process of removing citizenship can take months or years, 19 people have had their Canadian Citizenship revoked so far.


Minister Kenney

According to Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, “Canadian Citizenship is not for sale. We are taking action to strip citizenship and permanent residence status from people who don’t play by the rules and who lie or cheat to become a Canadian citizen.”

About 500 letters have been sent out so far to the over 3,000 people.

Permanent Residents also in trouble

About 5,000 people with permanent resident status have been flagged, but most of them are not believed to actually be in Canada at the moment. If they try to enter Canada or apply for Canadian Citizenship, they could experience difficulties.

How is Canadian Citizenship obtained fraudulently?

There are many ways one can fraudulently obtain Canadian citizenship but the most common is paying a crooked immigration consultant to forge documents and help you create the “illusion” that you’ve been in Canada longer than you have or are living in Canada when you aren’t. Those who obtain citizenship through fraudulent means typically lie and say they’ve met their residency obligation (two out of every five years for a permanent resident and three out of the past four years as a permanent resident for citizenship).

Let this be a lesson: fraudulently obtaining Canadian Citizenship is no joke! If an immigration consultant offers to help you obtain citizenship fraudulently for a large sum of money, it is definitely not in your best interest. They will eventually be caught, as will most of their clients. And once your Canadian citizenship is revoked it can be very difficult to ever re-enter Canada.


Michael Niren

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

  • marlene tobin

    Hi, I married a Muslim he got his permanent residence oct 2012 6 mons ago

    he don’t want me any more…he used me to get into Canada. is their anything I can do about this..as I feel sick to my stomach. thanks–marlene.

    • Hello Marlene

      I am sorry to hear about your situation. You can contact the CBSA about your case and claim that your husband used you to get to Canada. Or you can contact a law firm to assist you with this to advocate for you. However this is not an easy case once he lands as a PR.

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