Avoid immigration scams – Fraud Prevention Month 2024

In March, Canada focuses on preventing fraud in immigration. If you’re new to Canada, it’s important to know how to spot and avoid scams that could harm your immigration process.

Key Points:

Authorized Representatives:

  • Make sure the person helping you with immigration is approved by the Canadian government.
  • They can be members of certain groups or licensed professionals, for example, a lawyer part of the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants.
  • Only these authorized people can charge you for their help. Check if they’re approved here.

Consequences of Fraud:

  • Lying on your application has serious results.
  • Even if someone else fills out the forms for you, you’re responsible for all the information sent to IRCC to be truthful.
  • Find out what could happen if you lie in your applications here.

Marriage Fraud:

  • Be careful not to get involved in fake marriages to help someone immigrate.
  • It’s against the law and can lead to big trouble.
  • Learn more about this here.

Protect Yourself from Fraud:

  • Get your information from the official IRCC website.
  • Don’t pay for forms or help that should be free.
  • Remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Stay safe by using the official website here.

Reporting Fraud:

  • If you think someone is trying to scam you, report it right away.
  • How you report it depends on where you are and what happened.
  • Find out how to report fraud here.

Protect yourself and your immigration journey by staying informed and aware of potential scams.

Your safety is important as you navigate your way to Canada.

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