A few tips on recognizing fraudulent activity

Posted:   11.04.2019

Unfortunately, many Canadians and newcomers have fallen victim to immigration fraud. Thankfully, the Canadian Government of Canada is devoted to ensuring that less and less individuals have to experience this. Fraud Prevention Month made its 15th annual run this past March and here are a few tips on recognizing fraudulent activity:

  1. Processing fees are universal; the processing fees provided by IRCC have been placed in Canadian dollars, but are the same around the world

  2. You are NOT obligated in hiring an immigration lawyer or consultant. This is solely your choice to have the professional assistance

  3. Certain third-party groups or people can NOT help speed up application processing times or passport applications

  4. IRCC will only contact you via email or over the phone. Social media is never a means of communication when immigrating to Canada

  5. Marriage fraud is real. Marrying someone solely with the intention of sponsoring them to Canada is immigration fraud

Although, majority of Canadians support immigration at the national and provincial level, many still have questions regarding immigration at local levels, the immigration process as a whole and settlement outcomes. Immigration Matters has been created to promote positive immigration within Canadian communities. The hashtag #ImmigrationMatters is being shared on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and more are encouraged to join the discussion. The main goal is to give everyone the opportunity to share their personal story and facts about immigrants and refugees in hopes of promoting a friendlier conversation.

Following the Live-in Caregiver Program changes made in 2014; Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has created a new avenue for caregivers to obtain permanent residence. The Interim Pathway for Caregivers (IPC) is open until June 4, 2019 and hopes to resolve the issues many faced following the changes to the old Live-In Caregiver Program. IPC's criteria for education and work experience have been modified, but the main goal of becoming a PR remains the same. IRCC will set in place 2 new pilot programs later on this year. The home child-care providers and home support workers will replace the previous programs, Caring for Children and Caring for People with High Medical Needs. The pilot programs will allow spouses and common-law partners to be eligible for open work permits, minor children will have the opportunity to receive study permits and caregivers will be offered occupation-specific work permits creating an easier job change, if needed.  

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