Immigration….Hope. Dream. Future. Security. Peace of mind.
There are many words that come to mind when thinking about immigration to Canada. My job as an immigration consultant is to assist people in making their dreams come true. As a licensed consultant with ICCRC(Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council) my objective is to act in the best interest of my client, to make sure their dream is my dream and to help them achieve their goal.
Unfortunately, not everyone sees it this way. I have met with a countless number of clients who have cried in front of me, explaining how a consultant whom they trusted and whose advice they valued, took a large sum of money and did not even process their case or advised them they were eligible, when they never stood a chance.
I have heard from people who were promised work permits for Canada, only to be told after a fake interview(an employee from the same company calls to “interview” the client) that they did not pass the interview by the employer. There are an unlimited number of scams occurring in Dubai and elsewhere which need to be addressed. Despite the warnings from the Canadian government not to retain any unauthorized consultant, many people are still not aware of this fact.
How can you protect yourself from immigration fraud?
1) Only retain authorized, licensed consultants.
It is very easy to check whether your consultant is licensed.
Go to http://iccrc-crcic.info/find-a-professional-frame-english/ The ICCRC has a complete list of all licensed consultants around the world, and one can easily find a licensed consultant in the area where they live.
For Australian immigration, go to https://www.mara.gov.au/search-the-register-of-migration-agents/
Both websites provide a wealth of information on how to choose a consultant, what you can expect from your consultant and how to prevent fraud.
2) Do not pay companies for work permits!
IRCC(Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) has written many warnings on their page regarding these fake work permits. Please understand the only way to obtain a work permit is to receive a job offer from a Canadian employer and in most cases an LMIA(Labour Market Impact Assessment). The process for a Canadian employer to hire a foreign worker is also a difficult one, so if the offer seems too good to be true, it probably isn’t true. An unlicensed consultant cannot obtain a work permit for you! For more information please go to: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/publications/fraud.asp
3) Understand that no one can guarantee you a visa.
Many people ask whether we can guarantee 100% whether they will receive a visa. Visa issuance is at the discretion of IRCC and NO ONE can guarantee a visa. As licensed consultants, our job is to guide and advise the best course of action for your immigration process, however we cannot guarantee 100% that you will receive a visa, since there so many factors which influence the decision of IRCC to grant a visa. Our responsibility as licensed consultants is to only accept the cases which have a chance at success.
4) Report any unlicensed consultants.
Keep your immigration dream alive!