Immigration Fraud In Canada Has A New Twist
Steve arrived in Vancouver a few months ago on a “study and work” visa that he obtained with the help of a local consultant representing a well-known Vancouver immigration lawyer. He wanted to improve his English while looking for an employer that could use his specialty mechanical skills.
He got his first shock when he discovered that the English language school was a fictitious entity that existed only on paper. The second shock came when the lawyer told him not to worry, “Just tell immigration, if they ask, that you’re going to school and everything will be fine.”
Steve refused. He told the lawyer that he would go to the authorities and sue him for damages unless he placed him at a proper English school. Obviously Steve has some serious illusions about how government and the justice system work in Canada.
The problem with a proper, real English language school, is that it costs real money that wasn’t covered by what Steve paid the lawyer through his overseas representative. The lawyer told him that he could be deported if he went to the authorities.
His friends agree. They’re trying to help him out so he can send money to the wife and kid he left behind back home.
Steve has specialty mechanical skills that are in demand in Canada. Normally he wouldn’t have a problem finding a job, but finding an employer that is willing to sponsor him for a visa is another question. After talking to a couple of lawyers he’s realised that he can’t afford the retainers requested to go the legal route. He’s hoping that the immigration lawyer will somehow come through and straighten out this mess.
Don’t hold your breath, Steve...