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Beware of unauthorised immigration consultants - Canadian High Commission

Published:Friday | January 9, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer

THE CANADIAN High Commission has advised members of the public to beware of unauthorised immigration consultants when seeking assistance with Canada's Express Entry immigration management system, along with other immigration programmes.

Effective January 1, Canada launched its active recruitment model known as 'Express Entry'. Through this system, the country is seeking highly skilled Jamaican professionals in industries such as health care, financial services and construction.

Kate O'Brien, counsellor (Immigration) at the Canadian High Commission, said there has been a recurring problem over the years where unauthorised consultants offer their assistance to members of the public for financial gain.

"Canada has had enough of this, as it has gone on far too long now. It is not mandatory to have a consultant or lawyer, as all the information regarding the Express Entry system is on our website and is free of charge," O'Brien told The Gleaner on Wednesday.

She further noted that there is a list of the representatives who are authorised to be consultants on the Canadian website.

When The Gleaner checked the website for the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council and searched for authorised immigration consultants who are based in Jamaica, only one name appeared and that was for Antonn Brown.

"All of the information is provided on our website, the Government of Canada will never ask for you to submit money to a personal bank account or ask for you to transfer money to a private company," she said.

O'Brien noted that if a consultant cannot provide a consultant identification number that is listed on the website, then they are not authorised to conduct such duties by the Canadian government.

"It is unethical for these people to be taking money for false reasons," she said.

alessandro.boyd@gleanerjm.com