The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants(CICC), which is the regulatory body of Canada immigration consultants, has launched a global digital campaign to fight immigration fraud. The campaign aims to educate the public on the dangers of using unauthorized practitioners to assist with their immigration applications.
It is launched in the context where Canada Immigration Minister Sean Fraser recently commented that fraud continues to be a common and serious crime in Canada. “Canada’s immigration system can be complex and navigating it alone can be daunting. Unfortunately, many unlicensed consultants are eager to exploit inexperience and anxiety for their own gain,” said the immigration minister in a statement issued recently in connection with the Fraud Prevention Month. He added that Canada has invested $51.9 million in order to improve oversight, strengthen enforcement, and increase accountability to protect the public from dishonest consultants who take advantage of vulnerable newcomers.
Canada is aiming to welcome a high number of immigrants in the next few years to compensate for the slowdown of immigration during the pandemic period. So, the country wants to make sure that potential immigrants do not fall for fraud immigration consultants. This is a major reason why the country is intensifying campaigns against immigration fraud.
Canada immigration fraud in India
An internal memo by Canadian Border Service Agency says that India is one of the countries where immigration fraud is rampant. The report has listed India as a top source country for immigration fraud. As the pandemic-related restrictions are being lifted, more Indians can be expected to move to Canada in search of better opportunities.
So, with an aim to prevent such frauds, the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants is expanding its outreach with Canadian foreign missions. John Murray, president and CEO of the College, in a news report said that they have developed a great partnership with the High Commission of Canada in India and continue to expand their outreach with other foreign missions. According to him, it is important for the College to reach audiences that really need to hear their message so that they would be able to take steps for protecting themselves against fraudulent actors.
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