Canadian Citizenship Being Revoked From 500 People

Over 500 people who have Canadian citizenship have been informed this year by Citizenship and Immigration Canada that they will be having their Canadian citizenship revoked because they obtained it fraudulently. 

This is a very significant step by the government, who has only revoked about 50 Canadian citizenships since 1947. And those citizenships were mostly related to serious criminals like Nazis or others who had committed war crimes.

But the government of Canada is cracking down on people who have obtained their Canadian citizenship fraudulently, beginning with those 500 people and a further 3,100 who are being investigated.

In addition, over 7,000 more people who have applied for permanent residency are also being investigated.

As the year draws to a close, it’s important that anyone who is considering applying to immigrate to Canada or obtain their Canadian citizenship understands that fraudulently obtaining your citizenship will result in it being revoked.

Unfortunately, not everyone who has obtained their Citizenship fraudulently or omitted information when immigrating has done so knowing it was fraud – in many cases, these people are being given very bad advice by immigration consultants who they think they can trust.

Only use authorized immigration representatives

Please note that not all immigration representatives have the ability or authority to give you immigration advice, as they must be authorized immigration representatives first. These included licensed immigration lawyers and immigration consultants that are members of the regulatory council.

While many of those who are having their citizenship revoked have abused the system or obtained their Canadian citizenship fraudulently, there will also likely be many people caught up in this who made a mistake and didn’t realize that their actions could have such severe consequences.

We are a team of licensed immigration lawyers who can help you, and we have the knowledge and expertise to help you navigate Canada’s immigration system without having to resort to shady tactics. We can be reached at the telephone number above, or using the form on the right.


Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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