Friday, 11 June 2010

Canada Moves to Toughen Immigration Laws

Citizenship fraud in Canada may soon carry a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of 100,000 dollars (97,000 US), Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced Thursday.

Under proposed legislation, people applying for citizenship would also be required to be physically present in Canada for three of the four previous years to qualify for citizenship.

The measures are part of sweeping immigration reforms being undertaken to bolster immigration while keeping out undesirables, such as "violent criminals."

"Canadian citizenship is more than a legal status, more than a passport," Kenney said. "We expect citizens to have an ongoing commitment, connection and loyalty to Canada."

Preach it brother!