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Ghost Consultants: Avoid Fraud and Unauthorized Consultants

Immigrating to a new country is a significant decision that can change your life forever. It is a process that requires careful planning, research, and guidance. However, with so many immigration consultants out there, it can be challenging to identify the right one for you. Unfortunately, not all immigration consultants are legitimate. Some are ghost immigration consultants who operate illegally, deceive clients, and steal their money.

Ghost immigration consultants have become a major concern for many people who wish to migrate to other countries. These are individuals or companies that pose as registered immigration consultants but are not authorized to provide such services. These individuals or agencies often prey on vulnerable individuals, including those who are desperate to immigrate, those who do not understand the immigration process, or those who are willing to take shortcuts.

Many people are attracted to ghost consultants because they often offer cheaper prices than registered consultants. They offer to provide services such as preparing immigration applications, representing clients in immigration proceedings, or offering advice on immigration matters. However, using a ghost consultant can lead to serious consequences, including losing money, being denied visas or even being deported.

Ghost consultants often use illegal practices to deceive their clients, including falsifying documents or lying about the immigration process that can lead to clients' applications being rejected, delayed, or denied. In some cases, they may even steal personal information and use it for identity theft.

To avoid using a ghost consultant, it's important to do your research and take the necessary precautions. Here are some tips on how to avoid ghost immigration consultants:

  • Look for consultants authorized by the government or a reputable organization such as the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC)

  • Verify the credentials of the immigration consultant or lawyer you are working with. You can check their qualifications and licenses on the official websites of the relevant regulatory bodies.

  • Avoid consultants who guarantee a successful outcome or offer to expedite your application for an extra fee. Legitimate consultants cannot guarantee a successful outcome, and the processing times are set by the government, not the consultant.

  • Be wary of consultants who demand upfront fees or ask you to pay in cash. Legitimate consultants usually charge fees for services rendered and may require a retainer, but they will not ask you to pay the entire fee upfront.

  • Research the immigration process yourself and ask questions to ensure that you understand the process and the services the consultant will provide.

If you suspect that a consultant may be a ghost consultant, do not hesitate to report them to the relevant authorities. By taking action, you can help protect yourself and others from being victimized by fraudsters.

In conclusion, it's important to be cautious when seeking immigration services and to always use registered immigration consultants. Don't be fooled by cheap prices or promises of quick and easy immigration. By doing your due diligence, you can ensure a safe and successful immigration process.

Why Lumen Immigration Services? During the immigration process there is a lot to think about and do—making it time consuming and frustrating for many. However, choosing to apply with Lumen Immigration Services allows you to relax knowing your immigration application is in the hands of a professional, who can aid in increasing your chances of success.


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