Canada’s revised guide for newcomers to address polygamy

This has been revealed by Canada immigration minister Jason Kenney.

Difficulties in curbing polygamy immigration marriages-- Giving details about the new Canada immigration guide for newcomers coming to Canada, Kenney stated that polygamy is a serious cause of concern in Canada and is quite difficult to deal with. He reiterated continuous efforts by Canada immigration department to control the incidence of polygamy immigration marriages in Canada.

However, despite this, the number of incidents involving polygamy marriages among immigrants coming to Canada is still noteworthy, Kenney admitted.

That’s because immigrants resort to religious marriages in Canada. And such marriages are seldom reported as Canada immigration sponsorship, Kenney asserted. Immigrants never come to reveal that they are living in Canada in polygamous marriages because such marriages are done under the cover, Kenney clarified. So, it simply falls outside the jurisdiction of Canada’s immigration system, he maintained.

CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada) does have the authority under the Immigration Act to deport anyone coming to Canada by abusing Canada visa rules. However, despite this, there are no cases in his knowledge where immigrants involved in polygamous immigration marriages have actually been deported, he affirmed.

New tougher rules to curb Canada visa fraud—A new bill had, meanwhile, been announced by Canada immigration department in September this year to tighten noose on those involved in Canada visa fraud. The legislation aims to nab immigrants playing with rules for Canada permanent residency to become Canada citizens.

The revised Canada immigration guide for newcomers makes a special reference to the issue of polygamy. The newly added clause in the guide for newcomers to Canada says polygamy is unlawful under the Criminal Code and anyone found to be involved in such an offence is liable to revocation of Canada permanent residency.

Moreover, revised Canada immigration guide will have stronger penalties for those resorting to polygamy in Canada, Kenney warned.

Meanwhile, Canadian government is probing nearly 6,500 persons hailing from nearly 100 different nations for giving false information. Canada immigration department has already initiated steps for revoking Canada citizenship of around 2,100 citizens gaining through misleading information, Kenney informed.

He asserted that Canada citizenship is of utmost significant and there will be a zero tolerance level for those resorting to fraud to gain Canada citizenship.

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