Immigration fraud in Canada is treated as a very serious crime. For those who participate, it can result in the revocation of a Canadian citizenship and deportation, and for the organizers themselves it can result in years behind bars.
Immigration fraud in Canada is treated as a very serious crime. For those who participate, it can result in the revocation of a Canadian citizenship and deportation, and for the organizers themselves it can result in years behind bars. Though initiatives by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), such as Project Honeymoon, have continued to apprehend those attempting to immigrate to this country through illegal means, most recently a ringleader by the name Xun “Sunny” Wang has been arrested.
For years Xun “Sunny” Wang has been operating as an unlicensed immigration consultant getting people into Canada with altered passports and fake stamps. In January of 2012 the Criminal Investigations Section of the CBSA started their investigation into Wang’s two business’ New Can Consultants (Canada) Ltd. and Wellong International Investments Ltd. By October of the same year search warrants were executed and the green light was given to raid Wang’s residence, and offices in Richmond and Vancouver. The searches resulted in the retrieval of 90 boxes worth of evidence against Wang, 18 computers, and 200 original Chinese passports, as well as copies where alterations had been made. Arrested in October 2014, he plead guilty to an extensive list of charges in July of 2015. Wang is currently looking at a sentence of up to 7 years in prison.
For Wang’s clients, only time can tell what their fate will be. For those who get caught, it is highly likely a revocation of their citizenship and deportation to their original country will occur. For those who somehow manage to slip the radar, it may only be a matter of time before cases are revisited and they eventually do get caught.
Immigration fraud can seem like an easy alternative, but should be completely avoided. With the Canadian Border Services Agency cracking down an increasing amount on illegal methods of entry into Canada, no one should risk the repercussions of getting caught. Know the proper methods of entry into Canada and contact an Immigration Lawyer to ensure you get in safely. Some immigration consultants will claim expertise and promise successful entry, but there is no way to verify this. Immigration lawyers however can be verified through provincial bar associations to ensure they are in good standing. Though immigration attorney fees can be steep, it is worth it to pay for appropriate legal representation to avoid cases such as this one.
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