Alright, so by now we have talked about a lot of scams and the way scammers take advantage of good natured people who are interested in starting a new life in Canada. We thought we would use this post to do a quick recap of the signs to look out for when visiting potential immigration sites. There are also one or two updates and new pieces of advice on helping you identify if a Canadian immigration consultancy’s website is real or fake
How to Spot if a Canadian Visa Website is a Scam or Real
While we know it is no secret that there are many immigration companies that offer similar services to our own, although not nearly as efficient. We would like you to be as informed as possible because at the end of the day, we want you to save time and money, as well as enjoy a stress free immigration process, which you can’t do if you’re being scammed. So let’s take a look at the red flags to look out for when deciding if a Canadian visa website is a scam or real.
Beware of Advertisements
It is common to use internet advertisements to promote your business, scam websites will use the same tools to drive traffic to their websites. What you need to look out for in these advertisements is ‘too good to be true offers’. Look out for guarantees, offers to buy a visa or anything that seems like a promise.
Too Good To Be True
Our own Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant’s (RCIC’s) will be the first to tell you: we cannot make the visa application go any faster than the case officers at the Immigration & Refugee Council of Canada (IRCC) say it will take. We can only offer realistic time frames. Further, no one can guarantee that your application will be successful. A good immigration company will keep you up to date and ensure that your application is submitted with no errors and all supporting documents to give you the best possible chance of success.
So if you encounter an immigration and visa website that claims they can get your visa faster, or guarantee’s success, know it is a scam.
The Padlock or HTTPS in the Address Bar
While we used to endorse this check as one of the best ways to make sure the site you are on is secure, we have recently become aware of a copycat website of our own that has somehow managed to get this secure web page designation. While this should still be your first check when entering an immigration site, here are a few more things to look out for:
- If there is a charge for visa forms.
- Do an online search on the immigration site, if there are a lot of complaints and negative reviews with no positive ones, you should proceed with caution as you may be dealing with a scam.
- Keep your web browser up to date, web browsers have filters that detect harmful sites.
- Use who.is to check how long a web page has been around for. Scam pages usually pop up and disappear frequently once too many people give them negative reviews.
- Social media presence is also very important. Check a company’s social media profiles, they should have a long history of sharing information and engaging with customers and visitors on their pages.
Why Using a Professional Immigration Service to Apply for Your Canadian Visa is So Important
Navigating the Canadian immigration system can be complicated, especially when you have to deal with the added stress of worrying about whether the Canadian visa agency you are dealing with is real or fake. We not only suggest but actively encourage all our clients to check our legitimacy with the Canadian government but also to ensure that they are 100% comfortable with our services and what we offer before you allow us to take that first step with you on your Canadian journey.
With the copious amount of forms and documents needed to complete your Canadian visa application and strict submission dates to adhere to, we wouldn’t blame you if you felt nervous about starting the process. But that’s what we’re here for.
At MDC, we take the stress and hassle out of planning to relocate abroad. Our accredited RCICs (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants) are ready to evaluate your eligibility, review all documentation and submit all documentation on your behalf. Using an RCIC not only gives you the best possible chance of receiving an ITA but will make the entire process simple and stress-free.
We handle the paperwork while you choose your dream job in Canada. All you have to do is complete our online form and we’ll take care of the rest. It’s just that simple.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud immigration department is constantly cracking down on these cases. If you suspect that you have been a victim of Canadian visa fraud, you can make an official report to the Canadian government online or telephonically.