Tip line opened in Canada for citizenship fraud

by Ray Clancy on September 13, 2011

Government opens tip line for immigration fraud

The Government of Canada is cracking down on citizenship fraud and has opened a tip line where cases can be reported, Citizenship and Immigration minister Jason Kenney has announced.

The line is provided via the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) Call Centre where tips on suspected citizenship fraud cases might be reported.

‘Canadian citizenship is not for sale. I encourage anyone who has information regarding citizenship fraud to call our tip line. My department will ensure that all tips are investigated and that appropriate action is taken,’ said Kenney.

Cases involving false representation, fraud or knowingly concealing material circumstances in the citizenship process, for example, pretending to be present in Canada to meet the residence requirements for obtaining citizenship, should be referred to the citizenship fraud tip line at CIC’s Call Centre at 1-888-242-2100 which is open 7:00am to 7:00 pm, Eastern Time, Monday to Friday.

Those overseas can contact their nearest Canadian visa office and tips can also be reported by email at [email protected].

All other types of fraud tips related to immigration should be reported to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The CBSA is responsible for enforcing the provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

To date, CIC has identified approximately 2,000 people from over 100 countries who may have obtained Canadian citizenship fraudulently, many by using the services of crooked consultants to misrepresent their residence in Canada. CIC is taking steps to revoke citizenship from those who obtained it fraudulently, where allowed by the evidence.

Meanwhile, a new movement has been launched to focus on making the Canadian immigration process easier for prospective entrepreneurs looking to enter the country and work with Canadian investors to launch new science and technology companies.

Startup Visa Canada has been founded by Boris Wertz, Danny Robinson and the Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA). Both Wertz and Robinson have history as entrepreneurs and investors, and the CVCA is comprised of over 1,800 members who have a combined capital of over CA$75 billion under management.

‘We are already falling behind countries like Chile, Singapore and Britain, who have already upgraded their programmes and I believe we can learn from their programmes and make ours better,’ said Wertz.

‘Our belief is that we must promote a culture of entrepreneurship in order to successfully compete in the new global economy. Canada can become a beacon, attracting the best and the brightest from across the globe,’ said the CVCA.

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ALLAN September 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm

i think


richard October 19, 2011 at 4:44 pm

there's no protection for sponsors being used in marriage fraud , they only find out for sure once the spouse lands , then the truth comes out .


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