Canada’s Minister of Immigration, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen released the following statement in recognition of Fraud Prevention Month- March 2018. Canada’s Minister of Immigration, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen released the following statement in recognition of Fraud Prevention Month- March 2018. “The Government of Canada is committed to protecting Canadians and newcomers from falling victim to fraud. I’m pleased to note that this month marks the 14th anniversary of Fraud Prevention Month, the annual education and awareness campaign, which was launched by the federal government in 2004 to encourage Canadians to recognize and report fraud.”This month, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will undertake a number of activities to help inform the public of how to recognize scams and fraudulent websites, how to properly choose and immigration or citizenship consultant and how to report fraud when it happens. And today, as this important month of awareness kicks off, it is 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.
Here are some examples:
• Canada’s immigration system is based on fairness. It is very important for every applicant to remember this. Applications submitted to IRCC are processed on a case by case basis. No one can claim that he/she has special connections with ICCRC, no one can promise that your application will be extended preferential treatment, and no one can guarantee that it will be approved.
• You are not required to hire a representative when you submit an immigration or citizenship application to IRCC.However, if you decide to hire a representative, choose your Canadian immigration representative very carefully and make sure that your representative is authorized.
• Do NOT at any time in your immigration or citizenship application be tempted into using false documents. 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.
Remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Stay safe and be aware.
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Sources: Immigration Refugee and Protection Act (IRPA)Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)