Canadian Immigration Fraud Warning: Beware of Unethical Immigration Consultants

There has been a spate of fraudulent Canadian immigration claims made by unscrupulous immigration consultants that have ended up with people who have had visas and permanent residence permits under false pretences removed from the country and even facing criminal charges. Some of these were done illegally without the applicant knowing that their visa application was fraudulent which still resulted in them having to leave Canada.

How to Avoid Canadian Immigration Fraud

Intending immigrants should be aware that it is a legal requirement in Canada to only use Immigration Consultants who are members of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, otherwise known as the CCRC. If you decide to hire an immigration lawyer instead, then check to see that they are a member of their Territorial or Provincial Law Society.

Protect Yourself Against Immigration Fraud: Tips for Choosing an Immigration Consultant

When you meet with or speak on the phone or by email to your chosen immigration expert, don’t be afraid to ask questions, find out how long they have been in business, if they are licenced and even where they got their qualifications. You are also entitled to ask for references from previous clients who they have helped or are currently helping. Remember to get a quote in writing that details all the services that they will provide, and a detailed breakdown of the cost. If your family or friends have ever used an immigration lawyer or consultant, then ask for recommendations. Immigrating to another country is a big decision to make, so make sure that you use your common sense and choose wisely when picking who will represent you.

ARE IMMIGRATION CONSULTANCIES ALLOWED TO CHARGE FEES FOR THEIR SERVICES?

The only individuals or companies that are legally allowed to charge a fee for immigration advice or representation by the Canadian Government are immigration consultants who are members of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, notaries who are members of the Chambre des Notaires du Québec and paralegals and lawyers who are members of provincial or territorial law societies.

If you feel that you are being billed unfairly, you need to report it to the ICCRC by filing a complaint.

*Please note that we are not affiliated with the Canadian Government. If you have been the victim of a scam or fraud, you should report it to the Canadian authorities or call: 1-888-502-9060.

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Canadian Visa Review

Canadian Visa Reviews is an online review site that gives you the very latest and most up to date news and reviews of all things pertaining to immigration to Canada. We look at current news, trends and personally review Canadian based immigration experts to make it easier for you to choose the ideal immigration experts for you and your loved ones. Moving to another country and culture is not always easy, it’s a big move, and so we like to make it simpler for you.

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