You can read the following in its entirety here at the Toronto Star.
'Rent-a-guest' schemes tipped off immigration
Investigators reportedly probing marriage scams
May 23, 2008 04:30 AM
When Canadian immigration officials in New Delhi began to notice the same guests appearing in photos of different weddings submitted as evidence for sponsoring overseas brides and grooms to Canada, an alarm went off.
Officers at the visa post pulled out all the other spousal sponsorship files to compare notes, and further investigations would discover several local temples were actually involved in "rent-a-guest" operations, setting up wedding ceremonies for immigration purposes.
"At a price, you could get packaged services with a wedding ceremony where people stand in as guests and relatives, posing for photos as in a real marriage," said immigration lawyer Richard Kurland, who obtained an internal government report on these allegations through an access to information request.
"The officials started to see the same faces over and over again. They called in people for questions. When they couldn't answer these questions, it became apparent that something was not right."
To crack down on those using phony marriages to come to Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, according to news reports, is now sending investigative teams around the world, especially to high-fraud regions such as India, China and Vietnam, to gather intelligence on staged marriages.
Immigration officials would not confirm the establishment of such overseas teams.
India and China are high fraud regions for immigration, according to this article. India and China are numbers 1 and 2 respectively for source countries of immigrants to Canada. They also make the top ten list for refugee producing countries and family sponsorship.
How many immigrants have engaged in fraud and scammed the immigration system is not certain but the practice needs to stop and the one to stop is Canada. The country needs to police it borders more effectively by stopping this nonsense perhaps going so far as to strip any immigrant of his or her Canadian citizenship and immediately deported if it is discovered they engaged in a scam of any sort to get into the country. If these people are willing to be this dishonest with Canada it just how much respect they have for this country.
We don't need people like this arriving on our shores.