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Immigration officials admit failure to stop residency fraud

posted Jan 12, 2012, 2:00 PM by Milorad Borota   [ updated Jan 12, 2012, 2:00 PM ]
By Daniel Proussalidis ,Parliamentary Bureau Toronto Sun
First posted: Monday, January 09, 2012 05:38 PM EST | Updated: Monday, January 09, 2012 06:14 PM EST

OTTAWA - Canadian immigration officials admit their refusal rate for Canadian residency applications at the embassy in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates "should have been higher."
That's the conclusion of a 2010 quality assessment report unearthed by an Access to Information request provided to QMI Agency.
The embassy in Abu Dhabi handles visa applications from the Emirates as well as other Gulf countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Officials say foreign nationals working in Gulf countries have been able to obtain Canadian residency using fraudulent sponsors who "go to great lengths to try and convince visa officers that they are residing in Canada when in fact they are not."

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