Over a thousand Chinese immigrants who were clients of an illegally operating unlicensed immigration consultant in Canada are facing the possibility of having their Canadian nationality or residency revoked.
Wang Xun, 46, pleaded guilty to eight charges relating to fraud after having been charged with creating false documents – including altered passports and fake stamps – for over a thousand Chinese clients between 2006 and 2013.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) alleges that many of Wang’s clients were involved in a significant immigration fraud — creating the fictitious appearance of Canadian residency to maintain permanent-resident status and obtain Canadian citizenship.
Wang is alleged to have systematically altered passports in support of fraudulent applications for both permanent residence card renewal and citizenship, using a variety of techniques. The CBSA claims that in many cases, clients became Canadian citizens based on those false calculations and fake stamp impressions.
Wang faces up to seven and a half years in prison, and will be sentenced next month.
Wang’s clients could now face revocation of their Canadian nationality or permanent residency status.
Under new immigration rules, applicants who make false representations on their applications can be deported.
Wang was also charged with failing to report taxable income, after having charged his clients a total of CAD$10 million for his services.