Fraud marriage cases in Canada have brought bad name to matrimony.
Under current circumstances, tying in holy matrimony might turn out to be a rather unholy expedition. Some knots are tied to be simply untied in less than a month’s period, just after the ‘happily ever after’ bliss would begin. The 13th to 16th edition of The Epoch Times, the world’s free newspaper reports that Canadians who bring their spouses from overseas are sometimes ditched by their beloved immediately after completely the arrival procedures at the airport. It also commented that even the ‘lucky ones’ are able to live with their loved ones for three weeks or so, and sometimes, just a week, before the end arrives. It is a whole swindle that is planned and executed by family members who are eager to start a new life in North America.
In marriage of convenience, two parties plan to defraud the immigration system and none of them have anything to regret about later, but in marriage fraud, one party is unknowingly made to play along in a cunning love plot until the primary motive is fulfilled. You would feel and think that the Canadian immigration system should be able to protect victims who are deceived in this venture, but unfortunately, this is where the broken heart gets the worst blow.
In recent cases that came in light, the victims who are dumped by their spouses in less than a month after entering Canada are also made to pay for the welfare allowances that the government has doled out for the cheat spouses. The shocking fact is that the system places no obligation on the cheaters, who receive unconditional permanent residency status even after all this. All the host can do is sit back, look at the proceedings and regret over his decision.
An Asian victim who feels abused by the system has established SyopMarriageFraud.ca, in order to raise awareness about such fraud marriages. The group is urging the Citizenship and Immigration Canada to consider adopting the process that is prevalent in the USA and Australia, where spouses have to wait for three years before they are eligible for applying for permanent residency. The group is also getting the support of Canadians against Marriage Fraud (CAIF). In the UK, couples are given a two year leave period to remain in the country and are provided permanent residency only after they have conducted in a satisfactory manner.
The CIC is trying to trace the roots of the marriage frauds. But it remains to be seen as to how efficient will the try be and how far will it go?