Every year thousands of people are duped by ghost immigration consultants into Canadian immigration scams that promise hassle-free applications, guaranteed success, or jobs in Canada. Quite often, these promises are too good to be true as the moment they receive payment, these consultants either disappear without a trace or lead their clients towards trouble with the Canadian immigration authorities.
Ghost immigration consultants are persons or companies that offer unauthorized, unregistered, and unregulated immigration consultations. These fraudulent immigration practitioners prey on those who are desperate to move to Canada for better opportunities and unaware of the system. They pose as legitimate consultants from Canadian immigration law firms but do not have the authority to advise or assist people with the immigration procedure.
Clients need to be aware of how to identify a ghost consultant to avoid being put in questionable situations that may bring the risk of losing money or jeopardizing their immigration case. Many prospective clients who have not started an immigration case or who already have a case in processing, fail to check the identity of their immigration adviser before engaging with them in a retainer agreement. Failing to confirm the integrity of the immigration consultant may subject the client to a case of fraud or being provided with misleading unprofessional immigration advice.
Misleading, unregistered immigration agents who speak on behalf of a ghost consultation company inside or outside Canada may cause false delusions of a real legal operation that is subject to legitimate questioning.
Canada visa application centers (CVACs) or visa facilitation service (VFS) offices abroad that collect documents on behalf of the Canadian government are not legally bound to provide immigration advice. Also, just because their names are listed on the Canadian government website does not mean they are allowed or licensed professionals to give immigration advice to the public as some may promote themselves in that way. Clients who fall for this may again be subject to misleading information that may earn them a lifetime ban from applying to immigrate to Canada or may be subject to fraud charges.
Similarly, it is vital to understand that not all immigration cases are the same. If a neighbor, friend, or family member received positive results during their immigration process, it doesn’t mean that they can advise others on immigrating to Canada. Offering immigration advice to others without authorization is not safe, and most of all, it is not legal.
As you can see, it is crucial for people immigrating to Canada to look for a licensed immigration consultant or a Canadian lawyer’s legal services when seeking legal advice on immigration to Canada. These professionals are aware of the best practices to help each individual apply for immigration based on their unique requirements. They are approved by the Canadian immigration authorities and are more likely to increase your success in immigrating to Canada.
For a licensed immigration consultant in Mississauga, ON, reach out to Canada Visaport. Our immigration consultant is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) licensed and in good standing with the Immigration Consultants Of Canada Regulatory Council. We have eleven years of professional experience in Canadian Immigration Law and have assisted over five hundred families and students under different immigration programs. We’ve proudly supported clients from all over the world, including Bahrain, Belgium, China, Egypt, India, Kuwait, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States of America. We keep our clients up to date with the immigration changes and provide them with the best legal advice accordingly. We do not discriminate between our clients. Everyone is treated with respect and professionalism.
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