A series of television ads warning would-be immigrants against crooked immigration consultants is being blasted by a lobby group for consultants.
The ads, running in English, French, Urdu, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog, and Punjabi, warn that consultants cannot guarantee that immigration applications will be approved, cannot make an application fool-proof or ensure your spouse will get into or be able to migrate to Canada.
The ads urge people to ensure their immigration consultant is honest and refers viewers to a government website.
“The ads portray all immigration consultants as fraudsters or charlatans without drawing the distinction between unlicensed ghost agents and Certified Canadian Immigration Consultants,” said Imran Qayyum of the Canadian Migration Institute.
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney defended the ads as showing what prospective immigrants should avoid.
“The problem with the consultant in our ads is that he is promising things he can’t deliver like guaranteed jobs and visas. People should take care to select a consult that is licensed and has a good reputation,” Kenney said.
“We recognize that there are bona fide consultants, but there are others that exploit the dream of living here.”
The ads will run on television in Canada and have been posted on YouTube and the website of the immigration department. Kenney also said that signs have been posted in Canada’s immigration offices overseas stating that there is no need to use a consultant.
Immigration fraud from crooked consultants is a major problem for Canada’s immigration system. Recent busts have uncovered offices selling fake wedding photos, fake diplomas and “guarantees” of admission into Canada. Source: Toronto Sun
As in the UK, legally certified immigration consultants must be qualified to operate in Canada and their activities are strictly regulated.
If you need UK immigration advice, make sure you use an OISC registered immigration adviser or a specialist immigration lawyer. OISC qualified immigration advisers must be competent before they can practice and remain competent by undertaking annual CPD and training.
Some advisers, such Bison UK, offer a free initial consultation where you can sit down and discuss your problem with a qualified adviser.
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