Nationals from Cameroon and Sudan were recently detained at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport as part of the Philippine Government’s crackdown on immigration fraud to Canada.
The crackdown, carried out in cooperation with representatives from the Government of Canada, is part of a concerted effort at preventing the entry of foreign nationals into Canada using fraudulent documents.
The two African nationals were arrested by officers from the Bureau of Immigration BI for using fake Canadian visas.
Etienne Makang Nformem from Cameroon, and Abdelmotalab Idris Himat Mohamed from Sudan were arrested on separate dates as both individuals were about to board a flight to Toronto, Ontario from Manila.
According to statements taken from Mohamed, the visa was issued in Sudan.
“We are warning these syndicates to stop their nefarious activities because our men at the airports are experts in detecting fraudulent visas and passports,” said Grifton Medina, Port Operations Division Chief for BI.
Medina said that charges were pending.
Document Fraud is a serious crime
Immigration fraud is a serious crime in Canada.
Submit false documents and information to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada IRCC is a criminal offence.
Immigration fraud, also called misrepresentation, can include the use of fake and altered documents such as:
Passports and other travel documents,
Birth, marriage and death certificates,
Submitting false information at any time during the application process is also considered misrepresentation.
What will happen if you’re caught
If you are caught using fraudulent documents, you can be:
Barred from entering Canada,
Be given a permanent record,
Have your Permanent Residency or Canadian Citizenship revoked,
Deported from Canada
The Government of Canada and its different agencies responsible for immigration work closely with foreign governments and police services to stop immigration fraud.
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