CBSA laid charges in Saskatchewan immigration scheme

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Regina (January 23, 2020) – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) charged Gurpreet Singh for his alleged involvement in a fraudulent Saskatchewan immigration scheme. Singh is accused of exploiting work permit exemptions by falsifying job offer letters and selling them for profit between 2016 and 2018. As a result of the seventeen-month investigation, the CBSA linked 34 immigration applications to fraudulent job offer letters. Consequently, Sing is facing four charges related to misrepresentation and forgery. He is scheduled to appear in court on January 23.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) dismantled a fraudulent Saskatchewan immigration scheme, according to a press release from January 21. The Canadian border agents laid four charges related to misrepresentation and forgery against the 34-year-old Gurpreet Singh in connection with this matter after a seventeen-month investigation.

The Saskatchewan immigration scheme

In September 2018, the CBSA launched the investigation after identifying a fraudulent job offer letter presented at a port of entry. As a result, CBSA accuses Singh of being involved in the immigration scheme. He allegedly exploited work permit exemptions to temporary foreign workers between June 1, 2016, and November 2, 2018.

It is alleged that he took part in multiple cases of immigration fraud by impersonating registered charities and falsifying job offer letters in their name. Thereafter, he sold the fake job offer letters to ‘individuals seeking to gain entry to or remain in Canada,’ explained the CBSA.

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‘Individuals who make a business out of circumventing immigration laws pose a serious threat to program integrity. By investigating and prosecuting alleged offenders, the CBSA works to preserve the fairness of Canada’s immigration system,’ stated Brad Wozny, CBSA’s Acting Regional Director General of the Prairie Region in the release.

Misrepresentation and forgery

Sing is facing charges of misrepresenting material facts in an immigration matter, counseling others to misrepresent material facts in an immigration matter, committing forgery by knowingly making false employment letters that were used to support immigration applications, and dealing forged employment letters as if they were genuine. He is scheduled to appear in Saskatoon Provincial Court on January 23.

During the inquiry, CBSA’s Criminal Investigations Section uncovered a total of 34 immigration applications that contain a fraudulent job offer letter. This is the third time since 2016 that the CBSA in Saskatchewan has laid charges in an immigration fraud-related case.