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05/03/2016 10:04 EDT | Updated 05/04/2017 01:12 EDT

Citizenships being granted without all checks being carried out: auditor

OTTAWA — The federal auditor general says people are being granted Canadian citizenship without all the necessary checks on their applications.

An audit of the process has found the Immigration Department failed to get the right information and conduct adequate analysis on applications between July 2014 and last fall.

For example, they didn't routinely check a person's travel documents against a database of known fake papers, nor did they always ask for more information when a person's residency claims were suspect.

The issue isn't the department's alone — the audit found they weren't getting enough information from border officials or the RCMP to help flag potentially suspect cases.

The previous Conservative government had embarked on a high-profile crackdown on citizenship fraud, saying more than 11,000 files were under investigation — as of January, there were 700 revocation cases pending.

In response to the audit, the Immigration Department, the Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP all say they are working to improve their efforts and a better system should be in place by the end of this year.

The Canadian Press