Canada’s Immigration Ministry is dedicating the month of March to highlighting the risks of fraud as part of a government-wide education campaign on the issue.
In a statement, Canada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, said Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will undertake a number of activities to promote awareness on topics like immigration scams and fraudulent websites and how to choose an immigration or citizenship consultant.
“As this important month of awareness kicks off, it’s an opportune time for all of us to keep in mind the many ways we can protect ourselves against immigration and citizenship fraud and scams,” Hussen said.
He offered the following examples of things all immigration candidates should keep in mind:
Canada’s immigration system is based on fairness and applications are processed on a case-by-case basis. No one has special connections and no one can promise your application will be given special treatment or guarantee that it will be approved.
Immigration candidates are not required to hire a representative to help you with your immigration or citizenship application. However, if you decide to hire a representative, choose carefully and make sure that your representative is authorized.
It is a serious crime to misrepresent yourself by making false statements or submitting false documents when dealing with the Government of Canada and doing so can jeopardize your application or immigration status.
To learn more about where to report scams and how to make sure an immigration or citizenship representative is authorized, visit Canada.ca/immigration-fraud.