How to Avoid Being a Victim of Immigration Fraud
(Below is a transcription of this video)
Hi, this is Michael Niren, Immigration Lawyer and founder of visaplace.com. A lot is being said about avoiding being a victim of immigration fraud. Immigration fraud is an ongoing problem world-wide; individuals holding themselves out to be legal representatives for people to assist them with their immigration applications.
Avoiding Being a Victim of Immigration Fraud
Well, the Canadian government has issued a memo about warning people to avoid immigration fraud. It was published in
March of 2014. It is obviously a problem. My tips for avoiding immigration fraud are as follows.
Tips to Avoid Being a Victim of Immigration Fraud
- Number one; ask your prospective representative for a copy of his or her
license. If the person is legally allowed to represent you, they should
have a license, either a license as a registered immigration consultant, a
license as a lawyer, a paralegal who is a member of a law society. So there
is no harm in asking them for a copy of their license.
- The other thing is ask for references. There is a lot of people out there who have retained
immigration professionals and perhaps they know who this person is. Another
way is the internet.
- Now, the internet is not perfect. There is a lot of information out there.
There is a lot of misinformation out there so you have to be careful but
you can always check online reviews through Google, through Yelp, and
through other review sites to verify that A – the representative is real
and that they have had a good reputation.
- They have done well in servicing
their clients. There is no harm in meeting them if they are local or if
they are not local you can chat with them through Skype and on the phone
and get a feel for who you are dealing with.
- Now, if you decide to hire this person, make sure that a retainer
agreement, an engagement letter is prepared. You read it. It will outline
the duties that they will perform for you and they will ask you to sign it
because that is a real important document in case something goes wrong you
have something to protect yourself against. It is very important.
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Those are some quick tips. Of course, there are no guarantees. Cases sometimes are very difficult to process even if you hire a good lawyer or a good consultant but at least that’s a start. So hopefully this helped you. Have a great day!
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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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