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e-2194 (India)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Shilpa Aggarwal from Toronto, Ontario, on May 17, 2019, at 9:20 a.m. (EDT)
keywords
Immigration and immigrants
India
Marriages of convenience
Passports and visas
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the House of Commons

Whereas:
  • Canada has one of the largest numbers of immigrants from India;
  • Some Indian citizens, with malafide intention, get married in India, commit continuing offenses by way of subjecting their spouse to cruelty/violence to meet unlawful demands and breaching of trust in marriage; they then come to Canada, secure their Canadian/PR citizenship and abandon their spouses;
  • Subsequently, victims must file their complaints in the country of marriage. However, once charges are laid in India, individuals willfully avoid criminal proceedings through various measures. Victims are kept waiting for justice for years/indefinitely;
  • Residing in Canada after marrying fraudulently and after abusing financially, physically, and/or mentally is an easy escape for criminals who obtain undue advantage of India’s and Canada’s judicial system, inciting more fraudsters to indulge in it; and
  • Victims, mostly unsuspecting/vulnerable Indian women (sometimes men) are hit financially, psychologically, and emotionally with diminished quality of life & disrupted family life for years, sometimes their entire life. Children get affected too.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the government of Canada to provide relief and justice to us and to deter future crime by: (a) stopping renewal of work and residency permits of the accused in fraud marriages until criminal cases are brought to justice in India; (b) not granting Canadian citizenship to the accused; (c) speeding up action by CBSA/IRCC in cases where accused are criminally charged in India for fraud marriages; and (d) not granting visitor visas to the accused’s family, who, in many cases, are charged as accomplices.
Brampton North
Liberal
Ontario
Petition presented to the House of Commons on June 20, 2019 (Petition No. 421-04798)
Government response tabled on August 21, 2019 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-03)
Open for signature : May 17, 2019, at 9:20 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : June 16, 2019, at 9:20 a.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
82
British Columbia
76
Manitoba
60
New Brunswick
1
Newfoundland and Labrador
2
Nova Scotia
10
Ontario
241
Prince Edward Island
1
Quebec
7
Saskatchewan
13
Yukon
5
Other Countries
4
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