Canada immigration scams

The Philippine Embassy in Canada has issued a new advisory warning Filipinos about Canada immigration scams.

INTERPOL WARNS PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT ABOUT INCREASED ACTIVITIES BY ILLEGAL RECRUITERS

Widespread fraud continue to be reported all over the world by victims of illegal recruitment who are forced to pay exorbitant fees for processing documents for non-existent job and permanent residency opportunities in Canada.

The Philippines has one of the world’s most established migration systems in the world. Over 10% of the Filipino population live or work abroad. It might not seem like a big number, but when you factor in the fact that the Philippine population is now over 100 million, that’s a lot of overseas Filipinos.

The International Criminal Police Organization INTERPOL (the international organization that facilitates international police cooperation) has contacted the Philippine Government and advised them of increased activities being conducted by illegal recruiters looking to scam Filipinos who want to go to Canada.

Ambassador Petronila Garcia has issued a new advisory, encouraging Filipinos to excercise extreme caution to avoid falling victim to immigration scams geared specifically for Filipinos who wish to visit, study, work or immigrate to Canada.

Full text of the advisory is below:

Ottawa, 30 July 2018

ADVISORY ON IMMIGRATION AND VISA-RELATED SCAMS

The Philippine Embassy in Canada wishes to inform Filipinos that INTERPOL has issued an advisory about scams involving entities that pose as immigration law firms, visa travel companies, organizations or government agencies that target applicants for visas and residence/work permits, covering a wide range of categories such as study, scholarship, high-paying jobs and permanent residency.

The scammers offer professional support for their would-be victims to immigrate to Canada, using social engineering methods such as telephone calls, sending emails and letters that include false documents and application forms, or routing them to fake or look-alike websites that are under the control of the scammers. Victims are pushed to pay fees (such as for administrative processes, online examinations, etc.) and to send money through a specific private money transfer company in advance.

In response to these scams, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has released a warning to would-be visa or citizenship applicants reminding them to be wary of such scams and reminding them of these key facts:

  1. Applicants do not need to hire an immigration representative to apply for a visa or for Canadian citizenship.
  2. Immigration representatives do not have special connections with Canadian government officials and cannot guarantee visas.
  3. Only authorized officers at Canadian Embassies, High Commissions and Consulates can decide whether or not to issue a visa.
  4. The official website of Citizenship and Immigration Canada is www.cic.gc.ca. Applicants should beware of internet scams and fake websites.
  5. Application forms and guides for any type of visa are available for free on the CIC website.
  6. Processing fees are the same at all Canadian visa offices around the world. Fees in local currency are based on official exchange rates and correspond with the amount in Canadian Dollars.
  7. Canadian visa officers will never require applicants to deposit money into an individual’s personal bank accounts or to transfer money through a specific private money transfer company.
  8. Applicants should contact the CIC or the visa office responsible for their area should they have questions.

The Embassy reiterates its call on Filipinos to be vigilant about these scams and to always pass through official Canadian and Philippine channels when applying for jobs in or migrating to Canada.

Thank you very much.

Signed,
Petronila P. Garcia
Ambassador

END

ARE YOU A VICTIM OF ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT?

If you are a victim of illegal recruitment, gather all your documents (including receipts and email) and contact the nearest Philippine Government office to your country of residence.

Below are all the contact details for every Philippine Government office in Canada:

EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES IN OTTAWA
30 Murray St.
Ottawa, ON K1N 5M4
Tel: (613) 233-1121
Fax: (613) 233-4165
In case of emergency: (613) 614-2846
Email: embassyofphilippines@rogers.com | attache@philembassy.ca

CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES IN TORONTO
7/F 160 Eglinton Ave. E.
Toronto, ON M4P 3B5
Tel: (416) 922-7181
Fax: (416) 922-2638
Email: consularmatters@philcongen-toronto.com

PHILIPPINE OVERSEAS LABOUR OFFICE (POLO) TORONTO
2/F 160 Eglinton Ave. E.
Toronto, ON M4P 3B5
Tel: (416) 975-8252
Fax: (416) 975-8277

SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM (SSS) TORONTO
2/F 160 Eglinton Ave. E.
Toronto, ON M4P 3B5
Tel: (416) 485-2999 | (416) 485-2888
Fax: (416) 485-2881

PAGIBIG FUND TORONTO
2/F 160 Eglinton Ave. E.
Toronto, ON M4P 3B5
Tel: (647) 642-3694
Email: poptoronto@pagibigfund.gov.ph

CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES IN VANCOUVER
999 Canada Place, Suite 660
Vancouver, BC V6C 3E1
Tel: (604) 685-1619 | (604) 685-7645
Fax: (604) 685-9945
Email: vancouverpcg@telus.net

CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES IN CALGARY
517 10th Ave. SW., Suite 920
Calgary, AB T2R 0A8
Tel: (403) 455-9343 | (403) 455-9343 | (403) 455-9346 | (403) 455-9457 | (403) 455-9483 | (587) 577-1524
Email: calgarypcg@yahoo.ca | calgarypcg@gmail.com


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