CIC investigates Citizenship Fraud

CIC investigates Citizenship Fraud

In September of 2012, Jason Kenney, The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced that his department was investigating over 3,000 Canadian citizens that are suspected of citizenship fraud.  This is part of an investigation of a residence fraud ring that implicates possibly 11,000 individuals who allegedly lied in applying for citizenship or to maintain permanent resident status.

The majority of these individuals are believed to be outside the country. When the government commences procedures to revoke citizenship individuals concerned has access to proceedings before the Federal Court.   In the past the government has generally sought to revoke less than 50 citizenship grants a year. Very few, considering that in recent years the government grants over 200,000 applications for citizenship every year. Citizenship can be lost for misrepresentations that knowingly conceal material circumstances or for fraud.  The National Post article of November 2, 2012 entitled “Immigration fraud crackdown drastically increases the number of Canadians having their citizenship revoked” by Stuart Bell reviews the case of Mark Bilalov who is before the Federal Court.  Maynard Kischer Stojicevic has experience in representing clients accused of misrepresentation in their citizenship applications.

Read the full article here:  http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/12/02/immigration-fraud-crackdown-drastically-increases-the-number-of-canadians-having-their-citizenship-revoked/