Canadian Visa Scams
Immigrating to Canada can be an exciting new venture or a devastating experience depending on how the admin involved is handled. It is easy to fall victim to questionable characters known as Canadian immigration ghost consultants who sell a false dream of opportunity and charge significant fees for immigration services they are unauthorised to charge fees for.
Individuals such as these prey on the desperation of potential immigrants who seek a better life in Canada and exploit that desperation at exorbitant costs. These ghost consultants operate illegally outside the country to avoid liability of the laws intact and beyond the reach of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Potential Immigrants are thus lured under the false promise of a higher paying job and a working Visa when in real fact they are being exploited out of vast sums of money for a two-year permit or jobs that aren’t even delivered. The ghost consultant unscrupulously accepts the money of the immigrant and in turn, the immigrant goes through an interview process likely to be denied of a job or a refund of all the money spent in the application process. Furthermore, those who aren’t employed are helpless unless they hire a lawyer in Canada in hopes of retrieving any lost sums of money.
The internet is a dangerous breeding ground for potential immigrants because hundreds of businesses feign to offer a long-term solution to their problems. Potential immigrants should exercise caution when handling such dealings and they should also be aware of misleading advertisements. In addition, the Canadian government has taken steps to address the fraudulent activities of ghost immigration consultants by encouraging foreign governments to expose dubious consultants as well as creating awareness on websites in Canada and abroad of the risks of engaging with such individuals. It is important to note that the only individuals who are authorized to handle or assist applications are lawyers or paralegals, members in good standing of a provincial or territorial law society or the Chambre des notaires du Québec or the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).
The immigrant should ascertain clarity on whether the person they are dealing with are either one of the above and it is highly recommended that the immigrant request a registration number, direct phone number and e-mail address to assure the legitimacy of the questionable consultant. The Canadian government And the ICCRC have therefore provided a forum for the general public to voice any concerns on immigration matters as well as report any kind of fraudulent activity. These complaints are in turn forwarded to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) who is responsible for taking over any queries on the abuse of the visa system or consultant fraud.
Should the immigrant want to report to the ICCRC directly, they may visit the official site at:
If the immigrant would like to check the legitimacy of the consultant they may also search the members by name, location, company and other criteria at: