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Canadian immigration, marriage and relationship fraud

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  1. Canadian immigration, marriage and relationship fraud

    The Conservative government is reportedly using new tactics to crack down on foreigners who fraudulently get married to gain
    Canadian immigration.
    There are some people who think marriage to a Canadian citizen will be their ticket to Canada. It is a crime.
    Marriage of convenience
    There are some people who think marriage to a Canadian citizen will be their ticket to Canada. It is a crime for foreign nationals to marry Canadian citizens or permanent residents only to gain entry into Canada. Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is working to prevent these fraudulent marriages.

    In many cases, sponsors and foreign applicants arrange a “marriage of convenience”: a marriage or common-law relationship where the sole purpose is for the sponsored spouse to immigrate to Canada.

    CIC officers are specially trained to recognize genuine immigration applications, and they know how to detect marriages of convenience. They use several methods to uncover marriage fraud, including document checks, site visits and interviews with sponsors and applicants. Canadian citizens or permanent residents found to be part of a marriage of convenience for immigration purposes may be charged with a crime.Don’t become a victim of marriage fraud

    If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and you meet someone from another country on the Internet or while travelling, you should take care if you are considering marrying them and sponsoring them to Canada.

    Sponsors must financially support their spouse for three years, even if the marriage or relationship fails. If your spouse uses social assistance, you will have to repay the money, and you won’t be able to sponsor anyone else until the debt is repaid. Sponsorship is a legally binding financial commitment with the Government of Canada.

    Sponsors: Do not be tempted by offers of money or other rewards to enter into a marriage of convenience just so the person can immigrate to Canada. If you do this, you can face serious criminal charges, and you will still have to meet the terms of the sponsorship.

    Do not feel you are obligated to help somebody by being part of a marriage of convenience, no matter what the reason. It is not worth the risks.

    Visa applicants: Don’t get involved in a marriage of convenience. You will be refused a visa and may be banned from travel to Canada for two years. This will remain permanently on your CIC record.

    CIC recognizes that even genuine marriages can fail. However, if you enter into a marriage of convenience and come to Canada as an immigrant, enforcement action can be taken against you. This enforcement action could end with your being deported by the Canada Border Services Agency.

    Marriage fraud isn’t the only scam

    A common scam is for a person overseas to start an e-mail exchange with a Canadian. The person presents himself or herself as an attractive, interesting person in a foreign country. After a while, this “friend” says he or she wants to visit and asks for money to pay for the visa, airfare or other related costs. He or she may even send an electronic scan of what looks like a Canadian visa.

    At the last minute, the person will say there are problems with their passport, or a family member is seriously sick, and they need even more money to deal with the situation. The person never arrives at the airport and is likely not booked on the flight. Victims can lose thousands of dollars.

    Remember, processing fees are the same at all Canadian visa offices around the world. Fees in local currency are based on official exchange rates and correspond to the amount in Canadian dollars.

    Note: The Canadian government cannot help you recover any money sent overseas. The “friend” is usually fictitious and the people behind the scam, as well as your money, are often untraceable.

    Document Fraud (Misrepresentation)

    It is a serious crime to misrepresent yourself by making false statements, or submitting false information or false documents when dealing with CIC.

    Document fraud includes both false and altered documents, such as:

    passports and travel documents
    diplomas, degrees and apprenticeship or trade papers
    birth, marriage, final divorce, annulment, separation or death certificates
    police certificates
    Lying on an application or in an interview with a CIC officer is also fraud and a crime.
    The Government of Canada has officers in Canada and overseas who are highly trained to detect fraud.

    If you submit false documents or information, your application will be refused. You will also face serious consequences. Depending on the situation, these may include:

    no entry into Canada for at least two years
    a permanent record of fraud in CIC’s database
    having your permanent resident status or Canadian citizenship revoked
    being charged with a crime or
    removal from Canada
    What CIC is doing to prevent immigration fraud

    CIC works with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and foreign law enforcement services and offices that issue identity documents to gather intelligence on document fraud and train officers—in Canada and overseas.

    CIC is working with the CBSA and the RCMP to phase in biometrics, such as the use of fingerprints to confirm identity, in the near future.

    Biometric verification will make it much more difficult for a person to hide their identity. Biometrics will help reduce identity fraud and increase the safety and security of Canadians
  2. Hi,

    I got married after 1st AOR and sent all required docs for both of us. Would it be a problem or delay the process?
  3. Even i did the same...lets see what happens
  4. You actually did the right thing. Nothing to worry and fear about. It may or may not delay the process, depending on various factors, the most important being the verification and authenticity of the marriage and papers. Again, nothing to worry about.

    Good Luck.

  5. You also did the right thing. Nothing to worry and fear about as long as it is genuine.

    Good Luck.

  6. I'm a canadain citizen, and I got married just under three years ago and suponserd my husband n brought him here 4 months later! Now that he has filed an application under family class with my co- signs and his mom is visiting us on visitor visa. They have both started to emotionally abuse me and started to blam everything on me my husband who I thought would was loyal to me I cought him talking to his gf back home on line! And they have both indirectly told me to leave! And his mom told me to leave her son and leave this house we r not going anywhere! ( even though it is my house only under my name)

    I guess I'm trying to ask is is there anyway I could get him deported for using me? I know I can cancell co- signed application! What are my options now that I see it was well planned fraud marriage with fake papers! ( his school)
  7. Report urgently to CIC and even write them to call you for personal interview to explain everything and also talk to your local police for the abuse you are suffering. If the house is yours and under your name ask them to leave. Involving police would be helpful I guess.

    You can ask Mr.Qorax for more guidance. He is a senior member here.

  8. Hi

    Whats the point? The OP's spouse has been in Canada for nearly 3 years! CIC is not going to take any action on it now. If he deserted her shortly after "landing" yes, they would look into it. At this point, no way.
  9. ok Sir I didn't know that. Thanks for correction.
  10. First, rather than focus on HIM, focus on protecting yourself. If your relationship has broken down, you should remove yourself from the situation, particularly if he is being abusive to you.

    As to your original question, once YOU are safe (and ONLY then) report him to CIC, providing them with whatever evidence that you have he committed fraud. Then let it go - get a protective order if you are concerned about retaliation, move, and get on with your life. Trying to "get even" with him is not healthy for you - it's better to move on with your life. CIC may or may not investigate further, but you've done your best to alert them to what you believe happened.

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