Cash-for-jobs Chinese immigration scheme

Cash-for-jobs Chinese immigration scheme

In his 30 years as a Chinese immigration expert, Richard Kurland said he’s only ever heard rumours of people paying money for job offers to foreign nationals. “It’s almost the stuff of immigration legendary myth that there are envelopes of cash being passed around for offers of employment in Canada,” said the Vancouver-based lawyer and immigration policy analyst. But he said a case CBC recently uncovered in Saskatchewan is “the first time on record someone was caught”…

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Canada just increased data sharing with international partners

Canada just increased data sharing with international partners

In an effort to thwart immigration fraud and speed up visa application processing, personal details about Canadian residents and visitors will now be automatically available to official partners in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom. Under an expansion of the “Five Eyes” spy system, Canada will gain access to documents in the immigration systems of the other four countries to automatically screen applicants for Canadian work permits, study permits, travel visas, refugee…

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Man convicted in TFW program fraud to be sentenced

Man convicted in TFW program fraud to be sentenced

An Edmonton man who acted as an unauthorized immigration consultant has pleaded guilty to abusing Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program and is set to be sentenced this week. Seong Yong Park, also known as David Park, pleaded guilty to three offences under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act earlier this month. Park was charged with working as an unauthorized immigration consultant and “inducing” at least 20 foreign nationals to enter the country under the…

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Immigration fraud employees from Richmond jailed

Immigration fraud employees from Richmond jailed

Three women have each been sentenced to 18 months behind bars for their parts in a large-scale, Richmond-based immigration scam that has already sent their former employer to prison for seven years. Jin “Fanny” Ma, Ming Kun “Makkie” Wu and Wen “Vivian” Jiang, all of Richmond, were sentenced after previously pleading guilty to several charges, including representing on immigration matters without authority, passport offences, misrepresentation, forgery and tax evasion. Read more at Richmond News This article…

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Panel told alleged fraud dropped several politicians’ names to woo investors

Panel told alleged fraud dropped several politicians’ names to woo investors

A B.C. Securities Commission panel has heard allegations that Paul Oei claimed a number of politicians were supporting a Metro Vancouver recycling plant project, allegedly the centre of an immigration-investment scam. Oei, a prominent B.C. Liberal donor, is accused of an extensive fraud on Chinese investors, whom he allegedly impressed by “rubbing elbows” with B.C. politicians. Investor Sui Zhang on Friday added Richmond Conservative MP Alice Wong’s name to the list of B.C. politicians the…

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Three sentenced in B.C.’s biggest immigration scam

Three sentenced in B.C.’s biggest immigration scam

Three former immigration consultants have received 18-month sentences and will have to pay large fines for their roles in B.C.’s biggest-ever immigration fraud scheme. Jin Ma, Wen Jiang and Ming Kun Wu were sentenced under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, the Income Tax Act and the criminal code Tuesday afternoon in Vancouver. The women are former employees of Xun Wang and had plead guilty to several charges including passport offences, misrepresentation, forgery and tax…

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Canada moving to strip citizenship from man accused of mass killings

Canada moving to strip citizenship from man accused of mass killings

Canada is moving to strip citizenship from a man accused of brutally murdering Guatemalan villagers in 1982. Jorge Vinicio Sosa Orantes concealed his role in a massacre by the Guatemalan military in obtaining Canadian citizenship a decade later, the federal government says in court documents. Sosa Orantes, 59, is currently serving a 10-year sentence for immigration fraud in the United States, where his citizenship was revoked in 2014. The federal government claims that Sosa Orantes…

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Halifax police warn citizens about recent telephone scam

Halifax police warn citizens about recent telephone scam

Halifax financial crime investigators are warning citizens about a recent phone scam after reports that a 23-year-old man had received a call from someone claiming to be with Immigration Canada. The caller told the man that a complaint had been filed against which would require hundreds of dollars in legal representation. The victim was told to forward the funds via a money transfer and was threatened with arrest if he didn’t send the money. Read…

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Senate aims to restore ‘due process’ to Liberal citizenship bill

Senate aims to restore ‘due process’ to Liberal citizenship bill

An independent senator representing Alberta decided to table a motion to amend Bill C-6, the act to amend the Citizenship Act, to ensure a due process is established for those facing citizenship revocations on grounds of fraud and false representation. The motion will be voted on in the Senate on Wednesday before the bill is sent back to the Parliament for a final vote. Read more at The Star This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud…

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Yukon hotel sued over alleged multi-million dollar immigration scam

Yukon hotel sued over alleged multi-million dollar immigration scam

A Yukon hotel is being sued over an alleged immigration scam involving millions of dollars invested by Chinese citizens. The Elite Hotel and Travel Ltd. on Lambert St. is named in a lawsuit filed March 20 in Yukon Supreme Court. The lawsuit alleges would-be immigrants invested in the hotel as a way of improving their chances of coming to the Yukon but were instead given fraudulent documents. Read more at Yukon News This article is summarized…

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