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Ottawa to revoke thousands of citizenships

Over 6,000 suspected of fraudulent immigration applications

At least 2,100 people could have their citizenship revoked and another 4,400 permanent residents be barred from obtaining citizenship, Minister Jason Kenney announced on Friday morning. The crackdown follows an initiative started in July, when the government targeted 1,800 people its says obtained their citizenship through fraud. Kenney said the people losing their citizenship this time paid consultants to dodge the residency requirement when they had spent little or not time in Canada. All the suspect fraudsters are being contacted by mail and will have an opportunity to appeal the government’s decision in Federal Court before their citizenships and residency status are permanently revoked.

CBC