Statement - Cracking Down on Immigration Fraudsters

OTTAWA, March 14, 2014 /CNW/ - Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander issued the following statement:

"I would like to acknowledge the good police work that led to recent charges against three people in southwestern Ontario who allegedly hired stand-ins to write English proficiency tests on their behalf, using fake passports for identification.

"These allegations of forgery and impersonation are serious. These alleged actions are crimes. And, if those accused are found guilty, we expect that they will face the full force of the law.

"Canadians are generous and welcoming, but will not tolerate cheats and fraudsters who seek to do an end-run around our rules or abuse our generosity. Our government will continue to take decisive actions to protect the integrity of our immigration system and combat all forms of immigration fraud."

March is Fraud Prevention Month. For more information on how to avoid being the victim of a fraudulent immigration representative, please visit CIC's website or watch this video.


Building a stronger Canada: Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) strengthens Canada's economic, social and cultural prosperity, helping ensure Canadian safety and security while managing one of the largest and most generous immigration programs in the world.

SOURCE: Citizenship and Immigration Canada

For further information:

(media only), please contact: 

Alexis Pavlich
Minister's Office
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Media Relations
Communications Branch
Citizenship and Immigration Canada

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