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Canada Immigration Fraud Alert

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1) BEWARE of fake or shady lawyers, agents, application forms etc. 

IMPORTANT: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has published tools and guidelines that you can use to verify if someone is a certified immigration lawyer or consultant.  Please read the following:

Immigration to Canada is achievable only through programs operated by the Canadian government or through programs run by the governments of Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories.

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No other bodies or agents are authorized to run immigration programs to Canada.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Immigration consulting services can be provided in Canada only by Canadian lawyers in good standing and immigration consultants certified by the ICCRC (the national regulatory body that oversees regulated Canadian immigration professionals). Always ask for evidence of your consultant’s certification.

Please do NOT provide personal information or financial information to anyone on immigration blogs and websites, including this website!!

If anyone claims to work for or on behalf of AfriCanada, or ask you for money or personal information such as education documentation, passport etc., REPORT to:

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For more information on how you can protect yourself from immigration fraud, please see the Canadian government’s publication “Protect Yourself From Fraud”.

For tips on how to determine if an individual is a real and good, or fake and/or shady immigration lawyer and/or consultant, see How to Find and Know Real and Good Canada Immigration Lawyer or Consultant.

2) No Agent or Country Affiliation with AfriCanada Inc. or this website

AfriCanada.com is a digital media platform for Canada immigration news, updates and information. We provide the latest Canada immigration updates and analysis to help readers better understand the Canadian immigration landscape. Our social media properties include our Facebook page, Twitter page and Newsletter.

We do NOT provide visa services. We do NOT ask for, or accept, money from anyone. No individual or company is authorized to act or collect information or money on behalf of AfriCanada Inc. or the AfriCanada.com website.

No individual or organization is authorized to represent AfriCanada in any country.  Our services consist solely in the general and free blog and forum posts on this website and our Newsletter.  

Please DO NOT deal with anyone claiming to represent AfriCanada.  In particular DO NOT provide money or any sensitive information to anyone claiming to be a representative of AfriCanada, whether online or in person.  DO NOT SEND ANY DOCUMENTATION TO ANYONE CLAIMING TO WORK ON BEHALF OF AFRICANADA.

The Canadian government has published the note in #3 below on how to identify fraudulent immigration websites. Please read it.

3) How can I tell if an immigration website is a scam?

There are many commercial or private websites that offer immigration or citizenship services. Some promote legitimate representatives’ services that you will need to pay for. Others will offer false guarantees to take your money or steal your private information.

A website might be a fake or a scam if:

  • you are asked to pay to access application forms and guides. IRCC only charges fees to process your application.
  • the website offers special, too good to be true immigration deals, or guarantees entry into Canada, high-paying jobs or faster processing of your application.
  • it looks like an official Government of Canada site but it is only in one language and does not have the Canada.ca URL or a URL that ends with “.gc.ca.”
  • you must provide personal information, financial information or make a deposit before you even start the application process.
  • there is no padlock in the browser window or https:// at the beginning of the web address to show it is a secure site. Even if the site appears secure, be cautious.
    https:// at the beginning of a web address
    A padlock in a browser window
  • the website was advertised in an email from a stranger that you did not ask for.
  • you cannot reach anyone listed in the website’s contact information, or the website has no contact information.
  • the company’s or representative’s credentials cannot be found on the site. Paid representatives have to be authorized.
    • This means they are a member in good standing of the designated body for their group.

To avoid website scams:

  • Do a Web search to see if anyone has reported any problems with that site.
  • Contact the website owner by telephone or email before you do anything.
  • Make sure your browser is up to date.
    • Browser filters can help detect fake websites.
  • Beware of websites advertised in emails from strangers that you did not ask for.
  • Do not give out personal information unless you are sure the site is secure and you know whom you are dealing with.
  • Read disclaimers, notices, and terms and conditions before you do anything.
  • If you choose to pay for a service, understand what you will receive for your money before you accept or sign anything.

If you come across a fraudulent website, report it to:


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You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.