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Transcript: “Becoming Canadian: Combating immigration fraud”
Video length: 2:30 minutes
Combating Immigration Fraud
Canada is the destination of choice for a quarter of a million people each year seeking a new home. They’re attracted to our strong democracy and stable government.
Unfortunately, some newcomers are victims of scams – duped by immigration fraud artists. Irma Luque, Ricardo Miranda and their son Christian left Chile a dozen years ago for a new life in Canada. They now live in Toronto as permanent residents, but achieving that status was very hard. They put their faith in a Canadian Consultant who offered them work and visas. This consultant charged the family five thousand dollars U.S and kept them waiting for years – yet he delivered no results.
Immigration Scam Victim
“I feel bad. I can say nothing. Because maybe this guy call the police or call immigration. I don’t know. I’m scared about my family.”
Certified Immigration Lawyer
“They just want to make a buck and at the end of the day people have to understand they will lie, they will do whatever they have to get their money.”
There are lots of scams. Ads in publications from around the world offer jobs and settlement in Canada – for fees reaching into the thousands of dollars. Crudely constructed letters -- note the starfish background – claim to represent the Government of Canada.
Many deceptive internet sites promise visas and employment at very high cost – one features a Wooly Mammoth – not exactly a Canadian symbol.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada provides free advice and visa application forms on its Website.
Director General International Region
“In fact, you cannot lie on your application and still go to Canada. You won’t be going anywhere. Or if we find out there is a lie and you do end up in Canada we will take steps to remove you.”
For more information on protection from immigration fraud go to cic.gc.ca.
A message from the Government of Canada.
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