Scamsters promising assured immigration to Canada has turned highly sophisticated in their approach. An investigation by popular daily in Canada has revealed that more and more number of educated aspirants are falling prey to their fraudulent scheme of things.
With a convincing website and fake testimonials promising you bright prospects for immigration to Canada, such fraudsters are going big. In a shocking investigation conducted by Montreal Gazette, such fraudsters stole the identity of a real Canadian immigration consultant, registered with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), to fool the visitors. They even used the identity of even the entities and businesses registered with the Canadian government to make them look legitimate.
Taking into consideration the increasing number of Canada immigration scams, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) has initiated a public awareness program and has set aside $51 million for activities spreading awareness on immigration scams and fraudulent immigration consultants.
How to spot a fraud immigration consultant?
Here is a simple hack that you should take due note of:
- E-mail address from free domains: Most professional, reputed companies in today’s age own their customized web domain address and usually have their official e-mail address on the name of the company, say firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are receiving official communications via free e-mail services like Gmail or Outlook then you must stay alert.
- Job offers that are too good believe: Receiving job offers in Canada is one of the best moments in life, however, getting a job offer without any adequate personal communication from the recruiter is a cause of concern. Things like job offer without applying or without having an interview or unrealistic salary figures are some reasons for concern. Also, job offers that fail to specify a proper job description is an ideal case for raising the red flag.
- Missing credentials of an immigration company: A professional immigration consultant will have adequate credentials to prove its worth. Say, CanApprove boosts of Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) certification for Canadian immigration, Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) certification for Australian immigration, and so on.
- Another commonly used technique like The company asks to make a deposit before processing your application. Or a website claiming to be an official government site but do not have a URS that ends with “.gc.ca”
How to identify a true consultant claiming to provide immigration services?
Here are a few tips to check if the immigration consultant is genuine:
- Check if the immigration consultant is a member of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).
- You may go through their credential a declaration like a policy statement, terms, and conditions, etc.
- Visit their offline centers and talk to their representative in person.
Steps to check if the consultant is a member of ICCRC
You can check if a consultant is a member of the Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) by accessing the members’ list on their website. All the members of ICCRC have authorized representatives as per the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) and the Regulations and can represent a client before Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
- Visit the ICCRC website: https://www.iccrc-crcic.ca
- Select a language, English or French
- ‘Click on Find a professional’
- Select ‘Search’
- View the result and check RCIC Status
Why choose CanApprove?
CanApprove has registered offices across U.A.E., India & Canada. Our president, Veronica Moye, is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (ICCRC License #R422511), a Quebec Immigration license holder (RQIC #11548), and a licensed education and legal consultant.
An alumnus of the University of British Columbia in Canada and a Canadian citizen, she specializes in Canadian immigration laws and educational processes.
For the last 21 years, she has been successfully leading a team of experienced immigration consultants and lawyers. Not only Canada, but CanApprove is also a registered MARA Immigration consultant for Australia.
You can fill-in this free online assessment to check your eligibility and start planning your immigration.