Investigation to check the Citizenship Fraud in Canadian immigration
Canadian Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced last week that Canada will reveal the biggest ever citizenship fraud report in its history. Government of Canada is carrying out investigation on 6,500 people from more than 100 countries for the false attempts to obtain Canadian citizenship and maintaining permanent resident status.
To obtain Canadian Citizenship, a permanent resident should have lived in Canada for 3 years within 4 year period and in order to continue your permanent residence status in Canada you should have lived in Canada for 2 years out 5 year period.
Kenney Said, “This is by far — by many orders of magnitude — the largest enforcement action ever taken in the history of Canadian citizenship.” He said, “Canadian citizenship is not for sale.”
According to Kenney, Canada is looking to cancel citizenship for more than 2,100 people; Canadian immigration officials are examining 4,400 permanent residents who are believed to be involved in residence fraud trying to obtain Canadian citizenship. More than1, 400 of these individuals among who most of them are out of Canada, have since withdrawn or abandoned their citizenship applications due to finely tuned inspection. Since the Citizenship Act came into force in 1947 more than 60 years ago, Canada has withdrew just 67 citizenships.
Kenney said, “Our intention is not to make it too difficult for law-abiding people to become citizens, we have a very fair and relatively easy process, but the whole point here is, for those people who legally obtain it, we must protect its value.”