If you’re Filipino and considering applying to immigrate to Canada, you should be aware of some of the common scams Filipinos face in the immigration system. Unfortunately, there are fraudulent actors in the world of immigration who may try to take advantage of you. That’s why we’ve put together this list of common scams used against Filipinos trying to immigrate to Canada.
Take the time to familiarize yourself with these possible scams, and remember, if ever you want professional advice you can trust, you can always book a consultation with one of our recommended Canadian immigration consultants. We only recommend consultants with years of expertise and positive reviews.
As well, if you’re ever unsure whether a person or a situation might be a scam, you can always ask for advice from our community. Head over to the Moving2Canada PR Facebook Group and ask our community members what they think.
Guarantees of success / Promises that seem too good to be true
No one can guarantee you 100 percent success when it comes to Canadian immigration. Any trustworthy person in the industry will tell you that there is always a risk with an application. There’s always the possibility that an immigration program requirements could change right before you submit, or that there could be an unexpected issue with your personal history.
It’s impossible to guarantee success with immigration. If anyone does promise success, that’s a red flag.
Along the same lines, has someone made you an offer that seems too good to be true? It probably is.
Big promises regarding Express Entry or Caregiver immigration streams
Similar to what we just stated above, watch out for immigration representatives who make big promises regarding Express Entry and/or Caregiver immigration programs. Both of these Canadian immigration streams have undergone changes in the past few years that have impacted Filipinos. Many scammers have used the confusion of these changes to fraud prospective newcomers from the Philippines.
Before going through the Express Entry system or a Caregiver immigration stream, we suggest reading up on our guides for Filipinos interested in each of these programs:
- How to immigrate to Canada through Express Entry as a Filipino
- Caregiver immigration to Canada as a Filipino
Make sure you understand how the programs work before you pay a representative to assist you (and remember, you don’t necessarily need a representative, it’s possible to do the application on your own).