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Immigration fraud and incompetent advice can cost you big

If you choose to hire someone to help you with your immigration application, it is important to be sure that the person assisting you is competent and accountable.

It is a sad fact that there are two kinds of people out there that can harm you and any application you submit to Canadian Immigration officials.

First, there are people who do not know what they are doing. Many of these people may have good intentions. But, good intentions or not, they can do considerable damage to a good application.

Second, there are fraud artists, promising you things that do not exist or for which you have no chance of success – and they know what they are saying is a lie. In Canada, they can be charged with at least two criminal offences.

Consider the example of a person who was charged with two criminal offences by Canadian officials. He was charged with committing fraud by acting as an immigration consultant when he was not licensed to provide legal advice.

He was also charged with counselling applicants to lie in their applications.

The maximum sentence for such a crime is 14 years in jail. As you can see, this is treated as a serious offence.

There is a reason why this kind of abuse is treated as a crime. It is a form of fraud. It is a manipulation of peoples’ hopes and dreams. It takes advantage of people when they are vulnerable, hoping for a better life for themselves and their children. And it can result in financial hardship for the innocent victims.

If you want help with your application, you are wise to get help from someone who knows what they are doing. Otherwise you may find that your good application has been ruined by someone who is incompetent, or that you have been sold something that is worthless. You may even lose the chance to ever apply again.

Do not pay money to someone who is not licensed as a Canadian lawyer or as a licensed Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC). Otherwise, you risk losing your money and your dreams because your unlicensed counsel was incompetent and/or dishonest.


Gregory James of Gregory James Immigration Law Firm is an immigration lawyer with over 29 years of experience,  a former senior manager at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is based in Toronto and can be contacted at admin@gregoryjameslaw.com or 416-538-1301. 

Posted: Sep 6, 2017

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