Federal report warns ‘marriages of convenience’ a threat to immigration system

“…The report, which cited statistics up to 2012, said it is “presumed” that there is a link between organized crime and the arrangement of phoney marriages.

The broader problem of marriage fraud primarily involves applicants from 10 to 15 countries. The report identifies China, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Guyana and Haiti as the “high risk” countries involving Canadian permanent residents sponsoring bogus spouses under the immigration system’s family-class section, according to Border Services.”

  • Stronger than Dirt

    No way ….sarc* This has been ongoing for decades. I met a woman once that complained to me that her marriage of convenience upset her because – surprise surprise – he was claiming social assistance and the government was asking her why she wasn’t supporting him.

    • It has long been a scam, Telephone weddings was last years alarm.

      • Stronger than Dirt

        Wow … what next

  • The Goat

    It’s almost as if cultures that don’t share our values try to manipulate our system to take advantage of us.

  • Frances

    Or, as my sainted Mum used to remind the grandchildren travelling abroad: “Never forget the most attractive thing about you is your passport.”

  • tom_billesley

    In Britain, the “local” spouses are often from eastern Europe and can live and work in Britain because of EU rules on freedom of movement, so a third-worlder can get a marriage visa and settle in Britain without a Briton being involved.

  • Alain

    Nothing new and actually it is only the tip of the iceberg in countries practising “family reunification” such as Canada. You get a whole lot more unacceptables arriving to feed off the public teat.