From Parliament Hill: No more free ride

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Canadian citizenship is not for sale.  Our Conservative Government is taking action to strip citizenship and permanent residence status from people who don’t play by the rules, who lie, cheat, and scam their way into obtaining citizenship.

Having Canadian citizenship is an honour and a privilege. We will apply the full strength of Canadian law against those cheapening its integrity by fraud.

Our Government’s investigation into residence fraud continues to grow, with nearly 11,000 individuals potentially implicated in applying for citizenship or maintaining permanent resident status illegitimately.

We have already begun the process to strip 3,100 fraudulently obtained citizenships.

In most cases, suspects will use deceitful immigration representatives to fraudulently create evidence of living in Canada while actually living overseas. This deception is created so that individuals can fraudulently maintain their permanent residence status and later apply for citizenship.

Shockingly, criminal investigations have found that a family of five may pay upwards of $25,000 over four or more years to create the illusion of Canadian residence.

This fraud hurts everyday Canadian families. Those who illegitimately obtain permanent residence or citizenship status have access to taxpayer subsidized education, health care, and other social benefits without ever contributing as a taxpayer themselves.

It also hurts the majority of immigrants who come to Canada, who follow the rules with honesty and integrity.

Over the past six years since the Conservatives formed Government, Canada has had the highest sustained level of immigration in history. We are committed to creating an immigration system that brings the world’s best and brightest to Canada while protecting our immigration system against those who would abuse our generosity.