Canada seeks Punjab government’s help to stop visa fraudJanuary 15th, 2009 - 4:50 pm ICT by IANS
Chandigarh, Jan 15 (IANS) Canada Thursday sought the cooperation of the Punjab government to curb the menace of fraudulent visas being issued by unscrupulous travel and immigration agents in the state while sending people to Canada.A delegation led by Canadian Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multi-culturalism Jason Kenney Thursday met Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and sought cooperation from the Punjab government to address the issue of fraudulent visa cases.
Kenney pointed out that the fraud visas had created a major problem for both Canadian and Indian governments.
Badal assured the Canadian minister that the state government would soon try to find a permanent solution to the illegal practice.
The Canadian side even apprised Badal of the fact that a few owners of marriage palaces across Punjab were involved in arranging fake marriages in connivance with travel agents and immigration consultants in order to provide photographs of marriage as proof for a Canadian visa to help people immigrate to the country illegally.