The Canadian auditor-general has highlighted serious flaws in
the process of acquiring Canadian citizenship, suggesting that
immigration authorities routinely failed to adequately detect and
prevent fraud. The audit examined more than 100,000 adult
citizenship applications submitted during the period July 2014 and
October 2015, under the former Conservative government.
Key Failures of Immigration Department:
Failed to adequately detect and prevent fraud in the
Did not have a systematic method of identifying and documenting
Important controls designed to help citizenship officers
identify and act on fraud risks were not consistently applied.
Not reliably receiving from its partners—the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Canada Border Services
Agency—important information on criminal charges of
The Auditor General, Michael Ferguson, says the stringent checks
that are meant to be taking place are being overlooked with
citizenship being granted to ineligible applicants.
Verifying that applications are not fraudulent is a key activity
when assessing eligibility for citizenship. The impact of fraud in
the Citizenship Program is that some individuals receive
citizenship and its associated benefits without being entitled to
them. Once citizenship has been granted, revoking it—if fraud
is discovered later—is time-consuming and costly. The
Department reported that in January 2016, it had about 700
revocation cases pending.
The three most common reasons for revoking citizenship are fraud
related to residency, identity, or undeclared criminal proceedings.
Residency fraud involves pretending to live in Canada to maintain
permanent resident status and meet residency requirements for
citizenship. In 2012, the Department issued a public warning that
nearly 11,000 individuals had been linked to residency fraud
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September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
Canada received more than 320,000 immigrants in the last 12 months, approaching levels not seen since the early 20th century. The per capital immigration rate at .88%, is consistent with previous Liberal government policies.
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
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