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Immigration fraud charges laid

Canada’s Citizeship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney offered his appreciation to the RCMP for their ongoing efforts to investigate citizenship and immigration fraud.

“On March 2, the RCMP laid charges under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Citizenship Act against a Halifax immigration consultant. This follows an investigation into whether the consultant fraudulently helped individuals create the appearance they were residing in Canada in order to keep their permanent resident status, and ultimately attempt to acquire citizenship. Citizenship and Immigration Canada cooperated in this investigation.

“Our government takes a zero tolerance approach to immigration and citizenship fraud. With just this one consultant, about 1,100 principal applicants plus their dependents were implicated. Our investigation is ongoing.

“Citizenship and residency fraud are serious issues in Canada. There are a number of other ongoing police investigations regarding potential residence fraud across Canada. Crooked consultants take advantage of individuals eager to come to this country and pose a serious threat to Canada’s immigration system. All levels of government and law enforcement must work together to ensure that those who commit fraud are punished.”

Posted: Mar 31, 2011

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