Category Archives: Polygamy

Canada to ban immigrants in polygamous, forced marriages

The Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Chris Alexander, has announced that the government will ban people who have taken part in practices that are “incompatible with Canadian values” — such as those in polygamous or forced marriages — from immigrating to Canada.Minister Alexander outlined the government’s position at a news conference with Status of Women Minister Kellie Leitch in Toronto on Wednesday morning. Alexander said that the bill would eliminate premature and forced marriages from Canada’s immigration system and the country as a whole. The bill is expected to pass with full support from the majority Conservative caucus in Ottawa.

“The intention [of the bill] is very clear,” said Alexander. “We will be enhancing the ability of the immigration system to detect and then to act on cases of polygamy. There are many cases — at least hundreds across the country, maybe even more — of people who have come here with multiple wives without that fact being confirmed in the immigration system and without anything having been done about it, even when it’s detected later.

“We will give ourselves the tools to act. Polygamists are not welcome in this country and, if and when they are found in our immigration system, they will be removed from this country.”

Canadian embassy in Saudi Arabia flooded by multiple wife visa requests from Saudi men

 

Under Islamic law, Muslim men can have four wives at the same time and such an edict has given rise to polygamy in the oil-rich Gulf.

Canada immigration confusion: Multiple wife visa requests by Saudi men
Embassy asks for government clarification on giving visas to more than one wife
By Staff
Published Monday, October 15, 2012

The Canadian embassy in Saudi Arabia says it has found itself in an awkward situation after it was flooded by applications from Saudi men seeking visas to visit the western country along with more than a wife. The embassy says while polygamy is permitted in Saudi Arabia, it is a punishable crime in Canada.
“The Canadian embassy in Riyadh said it has sent a letter to its government asking for clarification regarding visa for Saudi men having more than a wife,” the Saudi Arabic language daily Sabq said on Monday. Continue reading

Surrey: Fijian Jotika Ashni Reddy charged with immigration fraud and immigration-related bigamy charges

 

Fijian Jotika Ashni Reddy is on trial for immigration fraud and bigamy told the court that she married her three husbands with sincere intentions and thought she was divorced before marrying for the second and third times.

Lawyer For Fijian-Canadian Woman Charged With Immigration Fraud Says She Was Victim Of Immigration Consultant

Fiji

Saturday, April 7, 2012SURREY – The lawyer for the former Surrey-based Fijian-Canadian woman charged with immigration fraud for marrying multiple husbands said she was the victim of a trusting friend and an immigration consultant. Jotika Ashni Reddy is on trial for immigration fraud and bigamy told the court that she married her three husbands with sincere intentions and thought she was divorced before marrying for the second and third times.

Her lawyer presented Reddy, 33, as a naive, trusting woman with dyslexia who was taken advantage by a friend and an immigration consultant. “She is the biggest victim in this case,” lawyer Danny Markovitz told the 12-person jury.

Reddy, who was born in Fiji and moved to Canada in 1990, married her first husband, Renbinder Kandola, in April 1997, at age 18, after dating him for two years, reported the Province newspaper. Continue reading