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An immigration consultant is complaining after the Philippine Embassy in Canada issued an advisory following a complaint made by a Filipino international student. Harvard Immigration, owned by Jay Razon, was the subject of an advisory recently issued by the Philippine Embassy in Canada.

HARVARD IMMIGRATION

Jay Razon, a Filipino immigration consultant who operates Harvard Immigration, was the subject of an advisory warning Filipinos interested in coming to Canada that Harvard Immigration is not an authorized recruitment agency.

Unlike the Philippines, recruitment agencies in Canada have minimal government oversight. Immigration consultants in Canada operate under the jurisdiction of provincial and federal laws, but because their clients are often foreigners, any complaints filed against immigration consultants like Jay Razon are usually dismissed.

In most cases, recruitment agencies cannot charge fees for their services unless allowed by local laws. It is an offense punishable by law to provide Canadian immigration services for a fee or other consideration if not regulated by ICCRC, a Canadian law society, or the Chambre des notaires du Québec.

PHILIPPINE EMBASSY ADVISORY

The Philippine Embassy’s advisory reads in part: “Based on the verification made by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (“POLO”) in Vancouver, it was determined that Harvard Immigration is not duly authorized/licensed to recruit Filipino workers for employment in Canada. Filipinos seeking employment in Canada are advised to deal only with legitimate recruitment/employment agencies that are duly registered and accredited with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).”

The advisory goes on to say that: “a license to engage in immigration consultancy activities is not an authority to undertake recruitment of Temporary Foreign Workers. It is also prohibited even for a licensed recruitment agency to charge a worker any recruitment fee to facilitate deployment to Canada.”

Jay Razon admitted that he was conducting manpower pooling in the Philippines for a local supermarket in British Columbia, saying that he had “an outstanding contract with Lucky Supermarket to provide immigration services to potential supermarket workers.”

Recruitment agencies in Canada regularly charge prospective Overseas Filipino Workers OFWs for Labour Market Impact Assessment LMIA and Work Permit applications.

It is illegal for Canadian employers and their third party representatives such as recruitment agencies and immigration consultancies to charge fees for Labour Market Impact Assessment LMIA and Work Permit applications.

RECRUITMENT AGENCIES IN CANADA MAKE A LOT OF MONEY

Recruitment agencies and immigration consultancies are for-profit businesses in Canada, and business is good. Jay Razon continues to insist that he’s doing it out of the kindness of his own heart. “I want to emphasize that I am only helping the Filipino workers and I have worked so hard to obtain my license.”

It’s not the first time Jay Razon has run afoul of the law. In 2016, the Canada Border Services Agency CBSA investigated the immigration consultant after a complaint was made by a Filipino national.

Jay Razon, who was operating as an unlicensed immigration consultant at the time of the complaint, charged the Filipino national fees for helping her file an application for an International Student Visa.

Jay Razon operated Harvard Travel Consultancy, a registered business in the Philippines.

Jay Razon charged the Filipino national over CAD$8,800.00 (over PhP300,000 at the time) as a consultant fee for his services for helping her register to attend the Vancouver Career College, which charged her tuition costs of over CAD$17,365.00.

It wasn’t until she arrived in Canada that the Filipino national found out that she might not even be able to apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit PGWP, since students from some private colleges such as Vancouver Career College aren’t authorized by the Government of British Columbia to apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit PGWP.

WHO TO CONTACT FOR HELP IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF ILLEGAL RECRUITMENT

For inquiries and concerns regarding immigration consultants in Canada, please contact the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council ICCRC at info@iccrc-crcic.ca.

For inquiries and concerns regarding recruitment agencies or immigration consultants in Canada, contact the Philippine Embassy, Philippine Consulate Generals and Philippine Overseas Labour Offices POLOs.

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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