Canadian Immigration Fraud Warning: Beware of Unethical Immigration Consultants

Canadian Immigration Fraud Needs to be Stopped

canadian-immigration-fraudCitizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced a campaign yesterday warning Canadian immigrants about the penalties for immigration fraud. Intending immigrants applying for Canadian permanent residence and other visas under false pretences can be subject to a removal order and possible criminal charges.

How to Avoid Canadian Immigration Fraud

Of particular concern to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney are unscrupulous Immigration Consultants who assist applicants in preparing bogus immigration applications with false information and false documentation. The Immigration Minister warned that intending immigrants should not hire Immigration Consultants who are not on the governments approved list. Immigration Consultants must be a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. You should always check that your immigration consultant is a member in good standing of the CCRC and in the case of an immigration lawyer,  you should ensure that they are a member in good standing of their Provincial or Territorial law society.

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

  • Ask Questions: Find out if they are licensed, how long they have been in business, where they went to school.
  • Ask For References: Speak to past or current clients
  • Get a Quote in Writing: Discuss the services they will provide as well as the cost and get it in writing.
  • Ask Your Friends/Family: If you know people who have used the services of an immigration consultant, ask for a recommendations.

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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