Becoming Canadian: Combating immigration fraud

Becoming Canadian: Combating immigration fraud

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Transcript: “Becoming Canadian: Combating immigration fraud”

Video length: 2:30 minutes

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Combating Immigration Fraud

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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.

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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.

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Ricardo Miranda
Immigration Scam Victim

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“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.”

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Robin Seligman
Certified Immigration Lawyer

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“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.”

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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.

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Many deceptive internet sites promise visas and employment at very high cost – one features a Wooly Mammoth – not exactly a Canadian symbol.

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada provides free advice and visa application forms on its Website.

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Anne Arnott
Director General International Region

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“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.”

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For more information on protection from immigration fraud go to cic.gc.ca.

A message from the Government of Canada.

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