marriage fraud is a problem in canada & they’ve had enough
September 30, 2010 § Leave a comment
Ashpreet Badwal’s immigration-sponsorship saga reaches all the way to the top. She met her future husband, Indian national Manjit Shahi, on an online forum four years ago. After corresponding with him for a year, she flew to India in November 2007 and married him. Thousands of dollars — spent on immigration applications and appeals — and more than two years later, Badwal was able to sponsor her husband to come to Canada. Shahi was granted a permanent residence visa June 26, 2010, but on the very day in early July that he arrived at Toronto airport, he called Badwal to say he wasn’t going to meet her, she says. She hasn’t seen him since. Marriage fraud for the purposes of immigration has been an issue for years in Canada, with hundreds of reported cases of newly wed foreigners ditching their sponsoring spouse once the permanent residency card arrives. Immigration Minister Jason Kenney knows of Badwal’s story, he told CBC recently. Changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations expected to take force next month will give officials more power to weed out such con artists, he said.