A message to all the potential immigration applicants: Beware of fraudulent immigration representation and scams
You may have seen advertisements that promise work permits and guarantee high-paying jobs in Canada.
Some offer scholarships to study at Canadian universities or colleges. Potential newcomers to Canada should be aware that many offers like these are fraudulent. In fact, using the services of people who make such promises may result in your application to Canada being rejected.
Canada’s immigration system is based on fairness. Every application receives equal consideration.
What do you need to know?
You are not obliged to hire a representative, including a consultant, lawyer, Quebec notary, or paralegal regulated by a law society, to apply for a visa or for Canadian citizenship, but if you do, choose carefully.
It is a serious crime to misrepresent yourself by making false statements or submitting false documents when dealing with Immigration Canada. If you do this, your application will be refused. You will also face serious consequences. Depending on the situation, these may include:
no entry into Canada for at least five years;
a permanent record of fraud in CIC’s database;
revocation of your permanent resident status or Canadian citizenship;
being charged with a crime; or
removal from Canada.
Do not enter into a marriage that is not genuine in order to obtain permanent residence in Canada. Beware of Internet scams and false websites.
Canadian visa offices will never ask you to deposit money into an individual’s personal bank account or to transfer money through a specific private money transfer company.
Choosing a representative, a consultant or a lawyer
If you do decide to hire a representative, choose carefully:
Make sure they are authorized by the Government of Canada.
The only people authorized by the Government of Canada to charge a fee to represent or advise you on immigration, refugee and citizenship matters are:
lawyers and paralegals who are members in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society;
notaries who are members in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Québec;
citizenship or immigration consultants who are members in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.
The Government of Canada will not deal with unauthorized representatives who charge a fee for their services.
Remember — You must accept responsibility for all the information in your application whether you complete it or it is completed by your representative. It is against the law to give false or misleading information to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
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