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02/07/2017

Canada Government Notice: Immigration fraud warning

WVN – Getting immigration offers like these? “Guaranteed visas and jobs in Canada, work permits, free scholarships,” such have been offers from fraudulent consultants on their websites in order to tempt innocent people.

Don’t be the victim of a scam. If the offer seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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What you need to know:

  • You do not need to hire an immigration representative to apply for a visa or for Canadian citizenship.
  • Immigration representatives do not have special connections with Canadian government officials and cannot guarantee you a visa.
  • Only authorized officers at Canadian embassies, high commissions and consulates can decide whether or not to issue a visa.
  • Don’t be tempted into using false documents as this will result in the refusal of your application.
  • Beware of internet scams and false websites. The official website of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is www.cic.gc.ca.
  • You will find free application forms and guides for any type of visa on CIC’s website.
  • Processing fees are the same at all Canadian visa offices around the world. Fees in local currency are based on official exchange rates and correspond with the amount in Canadian dollars.
  • Canadian visa offices will never ask you to deposit money into an individual’s personal bank accounts or to transfer money through a specific private money transfer company.
  • If you have questions, contact CIC or the visa office responsible for your area.

To read more, including information on who can legally represent you if you choose to hire an immigration representative, check out CIC’s web pages on Immigration Representatives.

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