Need to rein in fraud im­mi­gra­tion firms

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - IN & AROUND - Av­tar Chana,

I agree with the snip­pet ‘Po­lice crack the whip on fraud­u­lent im­mi­gra­tion firms’ that ap­peared in the ‘Year-end spe­cial 2011’ col­umn in the De­cem­ber 27 edi­tion of Chandi­garh HT Live.

Chandi­garh Po­lice in­deed have framed strict rules for im­mi­gra­tion firms. Sev­eral fraud­sters have been ar­rested and 14 firms are un­der the po­lice scanner.

A few months back, se­nior su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice or­dered all SHOS con­cerned to reg­is­ter names of im­mi­gra­tion firms in their re­spec­tive ar­eas, within a week’s time. But to es­cape the po­lice net, some fraud­u­lent firms have shifted base from Chandi­garh to SAS Na­gar in the past 2-3 weeks.

In­no­cent peo­ple usu­ally get trapped in im­mi­gra­tion firms’ ul­te­rior de­signs. Such firms make prom­ises to send peo­ple abroad in 4-5 months but the hard re­al­ity is their dreams of work­ing in for­eign lands are never ma­te­ri­alised. A spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (SIT) should be set up to in­ves­ti­gate into the fraud prac­tices of im­mi­gra­tion firms of Chandi­garh and SAS Na­gar. The SIT should in­quire into how many peo­ple have been is­sued work per­mits for Canada. I am sure the coun­try is not is­su­ing any work per­mits to any­one.

SAS Na­gar

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