You’ve made the brave and life-changing decision to immigrate, and not just anywhere, but to one of the most peaceful, friendly and beautiful countries in the world, Canada. But we all know every bushel has a few bad apples, and there are people in Canada who are abusing the system and trying to take advantage of honest, hopeful immigrants who are just trying to find a good Canadian job offer so they can support themselves and their families when they arrive in Canada. No matter where you are in the immigration process, if you are planning to immigrate to Canada and want to secure a job offer, there are a few Canadian job offer scams you should be aware of to protect yourself and your finances.
Popular Job Offer Scams
The first thing you should know is that employers pay recruiters to fill positions for them, so you should never pay a recruiter for a job because it’s simple, they can’t guarantee you the position, you would still have to interview for it.
Secondly, the Canadian government has made it illegal for any exchange of money to be made for a job offer or job offer letter. So if you submit a fraudulent job offer letter with your immigration application, you could have your application denied indefinitely.
Third, your job offer must have the details of the company on the letterhead, including registration and contact number. It will be verifiable on the internet. So in short, do not pay anyone for a job offer.
A few red flags to look out for when a recruiter contacts you with a Canadian job offer:
- If you can work from home
- If you are asked to pay for the job application or training materials for the job
- Your skills or experience don’t seem important to the employer
- The person you are dealing with is working from a free email address such as @gmail.com
- The job offer contains spelling or grammatical errors, real company documents are sound
Lastly, if you are asked for any sensitive information such as your social insurance number, national identification number, driver’s license number, and most importantly your bank account number, do not provide this. Professional organizations will not need these details for a job offer letter.
What should be in a job offer letter?
Your job offer letter should come in writing. It must list your role, responsibilities, remuneration, deductions, and conditions of employment. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly it must contain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) number and an employee number.
How Can I Be Sure A Job Offer Is Real?
Criminals get more and more crafty as people realize their tricks, the most important thing is to keep your guard up. When you enter the Canadian job market, look out for the following:
- The interview process is the first important step. Most interviews will be conducted face to face over skype with a representative of the company. If your interview is carried out over an instant messaging service, it is fake.
- If the position offered is vague or there isn’t a lot of information regarding your role and responsibilities, it is also likely fake. Professional companies always clearly lay out their expectations so that they have recourse should the person who fills the position not be competent.
- Once you have a job offer, before you even think of submitting it as part of your immigration application, do a thorough background check on the company. There should be social media pages with a history of activity. At the very least you should be able to obtain the company’s physical address which you can use to confirm their location with google maps and a phone number so you can call them to confirm who you are dealing with.
- Check scam lists, fraudsters are exposed and company’s names that have been used for these purposes are shared on the internet. You can also contact the Better Business Bureau and Federal Trade Commission to confirm a company’s information.
There are many scammers on the internet and sometimes it can be very difficult to tell if an opportunity is fake or real, remember: DO NOT PAY FOR A CANADIAN JOB OFFER. We take immigration fraud very seriously and if someone ever contacts you directly claiming to be a representative of MDC, and you haven’t requested our services, we urge you to reach out to us officially right away.
At the end of the day, you will need to look out for the warning signs and only go ahead with someone if you feel that they have your best interests at heart. We cannot assist you in obtaining a job offer, but we can point you in the right direction and handle the entire immigration process. By using our accredited Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) you will not only improve your chances of success in the visa application process, but you will get expert advice on which program is best for your specific needs. Our RCICs are highly qualified and are granted permission by the ICCRC to assist you with your eligibility evaluation, review all your documents and application forms and submit them to the Canadian government for you. Why take the chance of having your application denied because your forms are incorrect or sent in too late.