How to Avoid Canadian Immigration Scams and Fraud?

There exist dozens of victims and their unique examples to tell you to beware of Canadian immigration scams and frauds. In light of this, the following lists three points to keep in mind to aid recent immigrants to Canada, and future aspirants who wish to work, study or immigrate here.

Collection of Fines/Fees

Frauds involving immigration, as well as scams in general, are increasingly committed over the phone. In order to prevent penalties like deportation, it is crucial for prospective immigrants to realize that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will never contact anybody by phone, email, or in person to collect fees or fines. If someone calls and demands money or personal information, do not be hesitant to phone the police in your area and/or report the occurrence.

IRCC’s Verified Fraud/Scam Identification Resources

Finding reliable information is important for immigrants when they travel to a new nation. Unreliable information is all over the internet these days because anyone can establish a website or blog and declare themselves an authority on any topic they want. For this reason, any immigrant’s trip to Canada depends heavily on official government resources.

It is crucial to remember that the IRCC provides recent Canadian immigrants with access to official government resources as well. On all of these topics, IRCC offers an abundance of online resources. These resources will aid both recent immigrants to Canada and those who aspire to immigrate to Canada in the future in remaining vigilant and safeguarding themselves from such circumstances.

Checking the Legitimacy of Canadian Immigration Agents

The information may come from an online forum or an immigration counselor, such as an immigration lawyer, advocate, or consultant, depending on the decisions made by the immigrant or immigration hopeful. However, it is not difficult for con artists to appear as reliable and professional immigration counsel, just like how anyone can position oneself as an internet subject matter expert through a website. There are official Canadian registries and directories to check the legality of those who claim to be authorized to represent immigrants or offer immigration counsel in order to assist both recent Canadian immigrants and prospective immigrants handle this. The majority of provincial and territorial law societies offer online facilities to check a specific person’s registration as a member in good standing, according to the IRCC.

Austin Campbell

Austin has been quite active in the immigration arena since 2010. He has authored over 250 immigration publications, given over 70 presentations, and organized numerous events featuring federal and provincial immigration ministers and leaders from other sectors. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Durham University.
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