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27 July 2011

Citizenship Fraud

As CIC continues to consider the results of its ongoing investigations into residence fraud, the Government of Canada is beginning to revoke the citizenship of up to 1,800 citizens who obtained it fraudulently.

Many of these individuals and others who are under investigation are believed to have used the services of crooked consultants who falsely established residence while they continued living overseas. An illusion like this can cost upwards of $25,000 over four years or more.

So far individuals from over 60 countries have been implicated in this fraud and Canada continues to take action to crack down on crooked consultants as set out in Bill C-35. The Act imposes penalties on unauthorized representatives who provide advice or representation at any stage of an immigration application for a fee.

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2011/2011-07-27.asp


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