marriage fraud: canadian immigration officials tread thin line
Immigration officials have carefully considered the woman\'s older age, better education, and her large family --and denied 21-year- Sarem Soomro applied to sponsor his wife to Canada. What shocked Soomro and his parents was that he and the 25-year-old had arranged a marriage. year- Gulan Fatima Somro in Pakistan is considered fake. \"We work very hard to make Sarem live a normal life,\" said Armaghan Soomro, his upset mother, who is a support person for the Red Cross and a saint. John Ambulance. \"We just want him to have a family and a complete life. More information from the stars. Com: brokenhearted bride Brampton-marriage of Cuban leaves And brokeMarriage fraud crackdown: spouses sponsored by Canadians now face two- The fastest way to Canada With the Canadian government cracking down on marriage fraud, both sides are concerned that officials are too harsh in deciding what a real relationship is and too lenient in other cases. \"The law already exists, but there is no will to enforce it,\" said Sam Bennett, founder of Canadians against immigration fraud. Bennett\'s organization successfully lobbied Ottawa to strengthen the law on spousal sponsorship, but said border service officials did little to deal with 85 formal complaints from his members. Immigration officials say the investigation into convenient marriage is now a priority, but Benet believes there is not enough to do to catch the bad apple when looking for a back door to enter Canada. The government receives thousands of spouse applications each year, each reviewed by a designated immigration officer who will look closely at the documents and interview the sponsored spouse. The assessment may also include interviews with the organizers. Soomro, a Canadian citizen who lives in Georgetown with his parents and sister, submitted a wedding photo, receipt, marriage certificate, DVD and correspondence with the couple on Facebook. His wife was interviewed in Pakistan. He was not. Soomro\'s family moved here from Pakistan in 2001, saying it is not uncommon for Pakistani men to have older, educated wives. He is a high- She graduated from school with a university degree in economics. However, the official also wrote: \"(The wife) The second of six children. Older siblings are married, but younger siblings will be dependent children of their parents. This provides potential benefits for families if the child becomes a permanent resident of Canada. \"Soomro, deaf, full of work -- Tim Houghton\'s Baker age was very appealing to the decision. His family did not believe that his hearing loss would be a factor in rejection. In some cases, if the spouse is already in Canada, the investigation may also include an unexpected visit to the couple\'s home. This occurred in a case where border officials noticed that the address on xiuyixuan\'s driver\'s license was different from that of her Canadian husband. The Canadian Border Services Bureau suddenly visited the couple\'s home in Macham to investigate, a scene reminiscent of the 1990 romantic comedy Green Card, about the convenience of a marriage. Xuan, a failed refugee applicant from China, was at home and could not produce her husband\'s toothbrush ( She claimed they shared one). She could not say whether her husband used an electric shaver or a Disposable Shaver, nor could she present any evidence of his socks or underwear to the police officer. There are other signs that this is a real marriage. Joint bank account, joint insurance, joint donation and ownership of storvville property Xuan was arrested. The couple\'s spouse sponsorship was rejected and, recently, their appeal to the Federal Court was rejected. In his decision of January, Judge Michael Fallon said: \"The choice to give greater weight to the ill-prepared impromptu evidence depends on the discretion of the officer . \". \"Given the nature of the investigation, it is a reasonable option to determine the way a person lives -- It\'s not just how they say they live. Xuan and her Canadian husband, who has children, declined to be interviewed. The couple\'s lawyer, Max Berger, won\'t discuss the case, but commented, \"whether marriage or relationship is true, are the most difficult decisions that immigration officials must make in any category of immigrants. \"Citizens and immigrants refuse to disclose specific criteria for determining whether a marriage is true or false, but rather the federal\" operating manual \"for the treatment of family members obtained by the stars, outlining in detail the issues that officials must consider. Among them: Do both spouses have a good understanding of each other\'s personal situation, background and family situation? Is there a history of multiple marriages and divorces? Has the previous relationship ended? Can the applicant speak a common language? Where is the wedding? Who attended it? Immigration Minister Jason Kenny left their Canadian sponsor after media coverage of the arrival of foreign brides and grooms and revealed \"rent-a- The \"guest\" program in India has set up false wedding ceremonies for immigration purposes. The new law enacted in October now requires the funded spouse to maintain a two-year relationship prior to obtaining permanent status and prohibits the funded spouse from funding the new spouse for five years. At, Kenny has made the fight against marriage fraud the subject of this year\'s \"Fraud Prevention Month\" for Canadian citizens and immigrants, and has launched an advertising campaign to warn Canadians not to be deceived by foreign willbe spouses. There are usually two types of marital fraud, one is that the sponsored spouse is emotionally vulnerable or vulnerable to attacks by Canadians who are gullible, and the other is collusion between the parties. \"Cases involving a subsidized spouse/partner misrepresenting themselves to the spouse in Canada. . . The challenge of pursuing because it will be one partner with another partner ( He said/she said \"The evidence of fraud is difficult to prove,\" said Vanessa Barrasa, spokesman for CBSA . \". In response to this type of fraud, officials focused on testing the suspect\'s relationship during the sponsorship application phase, she said. In 46,300 applications for spouse immigration processed in 2010, the case was rejected. \"After the sponsored spouse or partner arrives in Canada, the only way CIC understands potential marital fraud is to file a charge, or when a sponsored spouse or partner applies to fund a new spouse or partner, \"said immigration spokesman Nancy Karon. While it is difficult to determine the extent of immigration marriage fraud, there is the assumption that only real couples will appeal the negative decision. Some 7,400 applications were rejected in 2010. In the same year, the number of appeals was just over 3,000. Some 1,200 people won their case. According to the CBSA, criminal charges have been filed in more than 10 cases since 2008, resulting in 6 of 8 convictions. In 2012, 134 people were expelled from Canada for false statements, some of them including sponsored spouses involved in marital fraud. This is twice the number of people deported in 2008. Alexis Pavlich, a spokesman for Kenny, said: \"The combination of these measures will have a practical impact on maintaining the integrity of our immigration system and serve as a deterrent to those who are trying to deceive the system into Canada.