Fake marriages of convenience a major concern

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A Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) report has warned that “marriages of convenience” in India “have become a threat to the integrity of Canada’s immigration program.”
Lexbase, Canada’s leading immigration publication under well-known lawyer Richard Kurland, obtained the May 2013 report under Access to Information from the “Migration Intelligence Section, Intelligence Operations and Analysis Division-Enforcement and Intelligence Operations Directorate” of CBSA.nri-marriage
The report bluntly notes: “There are already reports of less Indian females being born within Canada’s border, and given that the Indo-Canadian communities have strong preferences for intra-cultural marriage, there will be more competition for men to find opposite-sex marriage partners leading to possible increased family pressure on Indo-Canadian females to marry Indian men from Canada or abroad, as the children who were born after the sonogram revolution come to be of marriageable age.”
The report said: “The percentage of sponsors whose spouses’ cases were refused who chose to appeal between 2008 and 2011 is very high at between 59% and 75%. Indian nationals in the FC [Family Class] are highly motivated to immigrate to Canada and will use all possible avenues at their disposal, including the appeals process to do so.”
“The Republic of India is a high-risk country for marriages of convenience. It has been estimated that as much as 36% of the spousal caseload may be fraudulent.”
“The Rakshak Foundation created the following list outlining the motivations for Indian individuals to engage in a fraudulent marriage:
– Concealment of material facts – marital status, education, age, medical/health conditions
– To seek easy immigration to foreign shores for self and family (parents and siblings)
– Fulfilling academic ambitions of acquiring a foreign degree
– Leading a lavish lifestyle marked with extravagance
– Flaunting an NRI status in community
– To draw from the source(s) of funds made available through overseas Indian spouse’s income
– To gain an entry into foreign lands to reunite with their paramours
– Extort money by filing false and frivolous charges / cases
– To seek hefty alimony by resorting to divorce thereby facilitating easy money for a lavish lifestyle
“There are already reports of less Indian females being born within Canada’s border, and given that the Indo-Canadian communities have strong preferences for intra-cultural marriage, there will be more competition for men to find opposite-sex marriage partners leading to possible increased family pressure on Indo-Canadian females to marry Indian men from Canada or abroad, as the children who were born after the sonogram revolution come to be of marriageable age. Possible consequences of:
– Polyandrous marriages of females to more than one man from the same family;
– Polyandrous marriages to males who are unrelated to each other;
– Increased sex trafficking specifically for the purpose of marriage (forced marriage);
– Increased sexual violence and abuse against women and female children;
– Increased number of child marriages
– Increased maternal deaths due to abortions and early marriages.”

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