This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
The Department of Citizenship and Immigration has recently launched a new ad campaigning cautioning the potential to-be-weds to stay safe from those who commit marriage fraud. The newly launched campaign is focused to inform Canadians and newcomers regarding how to keep themselves from falling victims to immigration fraud involving so-called “marriages of convenience.”
The campaign kicked off on Wednesday, featuring numerous videos of real victims of marriage fraud, as a part of the department’s Fraud Prevention Month, which is intended to spread awareness regarding a particular immigration issue each year. The theme of last year’s campaign was to spread awareness of Canadians about unauthorized immigration consultants. A rule, moved by the Conservative government last October, now requires immigrant spouses to live with their sponsor for at least two years or risk losing their permanent resident status.
Four small campaign videos were posted on the Citizenship and Immigration website and YouTube channel on Wednesday. One of those said that “many Canadians marry people from other countries, but sometimes marriage is a scam to jump the immigration line,” while another mentioned that “marriage fraud, it could cost you more than a broken heart. Don’t be a victim.” Whereas, the longest videos showed stories of victims of marriage fraud and how their spouses used them as tickets into the country. Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney, alleged that “I have heard stories from victims across the country that have been left emotionally and financially devastated because of immigration fraud.”