The largest immigration fraud in Canada or the story of the mass deportation of immigrant scammers.
Fifteen former clients of an imprisoned immigration consultant from British Columbia were deported to China. And the unsuccessful appeals of two women who tried to stay in Canada give a rare opportunity to visually see the tactics used to implement what was called the largest immigration fraud in the history of British Columbia.
Transcript of Immigration Appeal Division, received by CBC News, gives details of lies and deceit, including the case of an immigrant who pretended to visit the university in BK, while she herself was educated outside the country.
Another fraudster claimed to have worked for a fictional company in British Columbia, but actually lived in China.
Two unrelated women were denied permanent resident status for a lie about their acceptability and would not be able to return to Canada for five years. unless they receive permission from the immigration authorities to return earlier.
They were Xun Sun’s clients Wang and his now defunct New Can Consultants and Wellong International Investments.
Now Wang is serving a term of seven years in prison for immigration fraud.
Previously, employees of Canada Border Services Agency reported that Wang had 1,200 customers. Now the agency reports that during the investigation this number has increased to 1,600.
According to new data provided by CBSA to the CBC, 318 of Van’s former clients received permanent residence by fraud. And more than 200 people could lie to become citizens of Canada.
CBSA says that another 547 former clients remain under investigation, while 226 “lost status under other circumstances,” including voluntarily renouncing their permanent residence or Canadian citizenship.
In general, it turns out that the number of deported and under threat of deportation reaches more than 1,300 people.
So far, 44 decrees on deportation have been prepared, but some are awaiting appeals.
Fifteen people were forced to return to China.
Case one: Fake work and living.
The case of Ming Zhang, 53, shows one of the schemes by which scammers worked.
According to a decision made by the Department of Immigration Appeals in Vancouver last month, the referee Craig Costantino rejected Zhang’s appeal.
Zhang received permanent residence in Canada in December 2007 as an investor.
Her husband and daughter immigrated with her and stayed at Burnaby.
However, Zhang left Canada within six days and spent almost two years in China before returning to Canada in 2009 and again left, allegedly to take care of a sick grandmother.
From permanent residents it is required to spend at least two out of five years in Canada. In return, they receive the majority of Canadian social benefits and medical care.
Zhang began to worry that staying in China was contrary to her duties as a permanent resident, and turned to Wang’s company.
“Then she took part in a fraudulent scheme”, & # 8211; wrote Constantino in his decision.
“In 2012, the consultant filled out her forms of renewal of a permanent resident card stating that she worked in Canada from January 2010 until 2012.”
In his decision, Constantino described the scheme of deception by which Zhang paid the immigration consultant Van a fee, in return for what was allegedly a salary from a fake employer.
During the lawsuit over Van last year it became known that he usually created employment letters for his clients, using the names of the companies he created as part of the fraud.
Konstantin notes that the deception went even further – before filing income tax declarations with the assistance of a consultant, based on work “which she did not do at the time during which, she said, she was for the most part in Canada.”
All this was done to create the appearance that Zhang met the current requirements of permanent residence in Canada, although she spent most of her time in China.
Fake seals in passports.
As part of the scam, the consultant also changed or falsified the press about leaving and entering the country in such a way as to deceive show that Zhang lived in Canada for 600 days.
Costantino notes that Zhang “confessed that she made a serious mistake”, but she turned for reasons of humanity and compassion, arguing that “she now plays a crucial role in the education of her three little grandsons”, having moved from Barnaby to Waterloo, Ontario.
But Constantino rejected her appeal, because “the current situation, when the whole of her large family lives under one roof, & # 8211; has developed recently. ”
“For almost five years after Zhang got permanent residence, she preferred to live away from her husband and daughter – in China.”
Depriving Zhang of permanent residence and preparing a decree on her deportation, Constantino was guided by the fact that “This was not an innocent mistake. She participated in a complex fraudulent operation, conspired with a consultant, and this lasted for the past three years. The appeal is rejected. ”
The second case: The history of a fake student.
Zhang pretended to work on non-existent work to create the appearance of her presence in Canada, and one young resident resident lied that she had attended a Canadian university while she herself was studying abroad.
Xiaoza Zheng, 28, also filed an appeal for reasons of humanity and compassion to avoid deportation.
According to the documents that CBC received from the Immigration Department, Zheng came to Canada at the age of 18, in 2006. Five years later she applied for a permanent resident card “with a forged story about training, which created the appearance that the girl lived in Canada, although it was not so.”
Zheng stated that she first attended Langara College in Vancouver, and then the University of Calgary from 2006 to 2010, when in fact she studied at the University of Sheffield in the UK, and then at King’s College of London for same period.
In general, she pretended that she had studied and lived in Canada, although in fact she was in England.
Zheng’s new immigration advisor, Sofia Juan-Cummings, accused the information about “Sunny” Wang and his company Wellong International, distorted by the father Zheng, in the incident.
“I know that she made a mistake,” & # 8211; said Juan-Cummings at the hearing of Zheng, & # 8211; “I know that her father made the mistake of turning to the wrong person … in fact, she completely trusted her father. Who would not believe his father? ”
However, when Zheng’s appeal was considered last month, Judge Larry Campbell of the Immigration Appeal Division noted that “Zheng claimed that even though she had graduated in English for several years before graduating, she did not read the forms that she signed” .
Campbell concluded that her testimony was “untrustworthy.”
“I believe that but she misled authorities and was not an innocent victim of a parent and a consultant.”
A Canadian child.
Complicating the case is the fact that Zheng still returned to Canada for a long enough period to have a baby.
Now Zheng’s daughter is almost a year old, and since she was born here, she is a Canadian citizen.
But Larry Campbell concluded that there is no obstacle for the child to leave Canada with Zheng, stressing that Zheng’s husband lives in China.
“Usually, be with two parents & # 8211; Better for the child, & # 8211; he writes in his conclusion, & # 8211; The child is very small and can easily adapt to life in China with his mother and father. ”
Haun-Cummings says that Zheng left Canada and returned to China shortly after she lost her appeal. The refusal for Zheng and her appeal does not bode well for other former clients of Sunny Van, who also appealed their deportation. Hearings on their cases will be held in the next few months.
The results of the investigation can be found on this link.
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