Canada is a popular destination for many from India, be it for any reason – migrate overseas, study overseas, work overseas, invest overseas or visit overseas.
With the U.S. gradually incorporating more restrictive immigration policies and the U.K. facing Brexit, Canada has probably never looked as promising as it does at the moment.
Unfortunately, a significant number of people that head towards Canada unknowingly get involved in immigration scams and visa frauds.
Recently, a Canadian visa fraud has come to light in the State of Punjab in India.
As part of the scam, the visa agent would be filing fake investment proof on behalf of the clients.
The travel agency in question is English Tree. The license of the same stands cancelled, as per orders of Sandeep Hans, the Deputy Commissioner of Moga.
As part of the scam, Jasvir Singh, the owner of English Tree, issued fake Guaranteed Investment Certificates, commonly called GICs for short, for Canada to 200 applicants, a majority of whom were students.
What is GIC for Canada?
Students going to Canada must apply for GIC online. For this, they have to register with any of the Canadian banks and open their bank accounts.
GIC is a proof of funds that shows that the individual is fully capable of financing his expenses while in Canada, hence, worthy of being granted a student visa.
The accused, while promising the applicants that he would be applying for the GICs on behalf of the clients, would not do so, issuing fake certificates instead.
The fraud came to light when the GICs were sent for verification by the Canadian government to the banks and discovered to be fake.
The complainants included :
The total fraud is estimated to be INR 60 lakhs.
As part of the fraud, the accused promised to apply for the GIC on behalf of the clients. For applying for the GIC, each of the applicants were asked to pay INR 30,000. Fake GIC were issued. INR 13 lakhs were to be paid later when they got the visa.
The Canadian High Commission, finding the GICs to be fake, cancelled all the applications. The applicants were also debarred for 5 years. Being debarred implies that the individual cannot apply for immigrating to Canada for 5 years.
While the English Tree office at Old Court Road, Moga, has been sealed, the owner (the accused in the case) – Jasvir Singh – is still to be arrested.
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