Thursday, 18 October 2007

Immigration fraud alert: Indian (Sikh) immigrants seek to exploit/abuse Canadian visa office

Whose country do you think this is?

From the National Post.

'Nannies' exploit visa office to enter Canada

Chandigarh, India; Frauds use post to enter Canada

Peter O'neil, CanWest News Service
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2007


Bogus "nannies" are among many fraudsters seeking entry into Canada through a $25-million immigration office in India that was opened in 2004 for political reasons, according to newly released internal documents.

"Fraud is omnipresent in [the Indian town of ] Chandigarh and is found in every sort of document, Indian and Canadian," according to the Canadian diplomatic mission's 2006-07 annual report obtained by Vancouver lawyer Richard Kurland.

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The applicants include an unusual and suspicious number of prospective "live-in caregivers," according to the report.

"This office has identified over 160 'nanny schools' in the Punjab. While some of these schools are bona fide schools, there are a considerable number lacking facilities, equipment and students -- but having large graduating classes," the report told senior officials at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

"Many of the applicants are male -- in a society where childcare and eldercare is seen as the sphere of women
."

Mr. Kurland said the documents prove bureaucrats were correct and the politicians, anxious to reward Punjabi-Canadian Liberal supporters clamouring for better immigration services, were wrong to open the mission.

"Liberals yearned for Indo-Canadian votes, and even though officials advised politicians that Chandigarh was always a hotbed of false documents, Liberal politics trumped logic," Mr. Kurland told CanWest News Service.

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With a backlog of more than 2,000 applicants -- most saying they plan to work as nannies for relatives in Canada -- the processing time is estimated at up to 30 months.

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Canada has the only diplomatic mission in the city, so there are no suitable schools for children, and few opportunities to socialize.

Canadian visa officers "are readily recognizable as foreigners and offers of friendship often lead to visa requests."

The report acknowledges the high political profile of the mission, which was opened over the objections of senior Canadian bureaucrats because of pressure from Indo-Canadian community activists.

"The Chandigarh visa office ? holds a high profile in the large and politically active Punjabi community in Canada."

The report also said there is evidence of "second-level fraud" now being investigated in Canada.

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In 2004, Raj Chahal, a former senior advisor to former prime minister Jean Chretien, told The Vancouver Sun that the office was opened over the objections of both Citizenship and Immigration Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

"It was a political decision," Mr. Chahal said, adding that bureaucrats felt scarce resources should have been used to open visa offices in higher-priority areas elsewhere in India and other key Asian countries.

Internal documents revealed the mission would cost $25-million over five years.


Related:
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More Sikh psudo-victimhood from the Toronto Star
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Deport Laibar Singh Now!
How many of the more than 1,000 are related?

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