In a Notice on internet fraud posted on their official website, Quebec’s Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration [MIFI], warns regarding unscrupulous individuals using the internet for offering “foreign nationals false educational, employment or immigration opportunities in Quebec”.
As per the MIFI, many of such individuals claim that they represent either the government, large corporations or some well-known organizations. Certain others make use of fabricated and false documentation for convincing potential Quebec immigrants as to the credibility of their proposals.
Taking note of such instances of internet fraud involving Quebec immigration, the MIFI suggests individuals be on their guard in situations wherein –
Before responding to any offers of opportunities in Quebec, MIFI suggests finding out – through an online search engine, for example – about the organizations or individuals a person might be dealing with.
Always ask for proof for establishing if the organization or individual is indeed who they claim to be. Do ensure that due verification of their claims is done with the appropriate authorities.
Look for a ‘gouv.qc.ca’ at the end of website addresses claiming to be of the Quebec government. Do note that the addresses of the different sections of the MIFI’s official website will always have a ‘gouv.qc.ca’ ending.
The MIFI also recommends avoiding long-distance transactions without there being an initial contact with the representative. Always make sure of the legal existence of any representative. Under ideal situations, an immigration candidate must be able to personally visit the office of the intermediary for a discussion.
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