Tuesday, 27 May 2008

An offshoot of marriage fraud, 'rent a guest' schemes in India designed to scam Canadian immigration.

All the more reason why Canada should limit South Asian immigration. It's not certain how many South Asian immigrants successfully scammed Canada with the "rent a guest" scheme but it is clear that India is a hot bed of immigration fraud. An effective way to police this would be to restrict South Asian immigration by closing a few consulates like the one in Chandigarh, India, a $25 million dollar a year consulate opened by the Liberals primarily to reward Indo-Canadian, mostly Sikh, voters. Outside of political favouritism there is no real reason why Canada should be accepting so many South Asian immigrants in the first place.

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
Nicholas Keung

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.


Anonymous said...

The marriage fraud scenario could be extended as describing China/India as analogous to lecherous, old men wooing and seducing a young, but thoroughly naive and beautiful virgin called "Canada".

By sheer numbers alone, our desirous "young maiden" country of Canada consisting of only 33 million people is no match against both of these much older countries whose combined populations are about 2500 million citizens.

Many of these foreign suitors clamouring to get into Canada, do not have honourable intentions and thus, the wealthy "young maiden" is surely to be violated beyond her capacity to remain a dignified "woman" of virtue.

aufkleber druck said...

Good Job! :)

Stop Marriage Fraud in Canada said...

Marriages of convenience are not allowed under Canada's immigration law! Or are they?

I have sponsored my wife to immigrate to Canada and soon after she landed, she abandoned me.

Before sponsoring my wife, I visited the CIC website:


"Marriages of conv[en]ience are not allowed under Canada's immigration law. It is illegal to be married simply to immigrate to Canada. Spousal sponsorship is a serious legal commitment." "If a person enters into a marriage of convenience and comes to Canada as an immigrant, enforcement action can be taken. This enforcement action could result in deportation, and is the responsibility of the Canada Border Services Agency."

After sponsoring my wife, and after my wife abandoned me, I contacted Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and I have been told by the representative on the phone that "We are sorry that she has used you to come to Canada; there is nothing that can be done as she has already landed in Canada; she is recognized as a legal immigrant and you have to support her for three years although you might have been abused." What does this mean? Has the government of Canada deceived me? Why is the marriage of convenience "illegal" before the sponsored persons land in Canada and "legal" after they land in Canada? When the sponsorship principle is based on the truthfulness of the relationship between the wife and the husband, why the sponsorship is not void although the relationship has not been genuine?

I am writing to express my deepest concern that there is no marriage commitment in Canada, marriage fraud is legal in Canada, and the Canadian system is victimizing the citizen sponsors by supporting marriages of Convenience with sole purpose of immigrating to Canada. My family and I are victims of the Canadian System that is not enforcing Canadian Immigration Law. I have been told by the RCMP that: my wife is an adult; she is free to decide; there is no such thing as a marriage commitment; there is no support for the sponsor; there are various supports for the sponsored; the sponsor should carry the burden of marriage fraud. Canadian system deceives the sponsor by providing an opportunity to the fraudulent sponsored people to enter Canada and then victimizing the Canadian citizens by supporting those criminals with tax payers' income.

Other countries, namely the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Germany and many others grant periods of conditional establishment to spouses of their nationals. The sponsorship agreement should be void and the sponsored person's visa should be void if there are sufficient evidences proving that the relationship has not been genuine and the sponsored person has married the sponsor only to immigrate to the sponsor's country.