According to the CBC news investigation – Atlantic Canada is become an easy target for immigration fraud. Atlantic Canada is a region of Canada comprise of four provinces that comes under the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP). The program is defined to offer job opportunities to foreign nationals.
Some of the foreign immigration websites has been found informing about having “lowest bar” for permanent resident in the Atlantic Provinces of Canada.
According to the information on the website, an immigrant seeking to Atlantic province needs an amount only of $170, 000 and a willingness to work a few months without pay.
It is a job offer scheme that is termed as a “Golden ticket” for immigrants particularly from Asia who want to work and settle in Canada.
The interviews with Immigration experts, Lawyers and licensed consultants including the conversation between the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and a recruiting agency; all were appeared to illegal and fake. They scam targeted all the three Maritime Provinces – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island.
There are lots of people who got permanent resident status through the fraud and have gone undetected,” said Erica Stanley, a licensed immigration consultant in Charlottetown.
“The things gone undetected because it was all cash under the table, as a result, no records found” – she added.
The illegal scheme targeted to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program (AIPP) was launched by the federal government in the year 2017 to fill the needs of the labor market.
The investigation also reveals that Saskatchewan is also a target for immigration fraud, but the price tag for a job is higher, at $180,000.
Tracy Barron, a spokesperson for Nova Scotia’s office of immigration said – “We have safeguards in place to detect and prevent fraud as a part of our day-to-day operations.” “Nova Scotia will not “publicly disclose fraud prevention activities” – added in a statement.