Don’t be a victim of a disappearing act: Choose your representative carefully
Every year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) approves hundreds of thousands of immigration applications from representatives. Only some people are allowed to represent you on an immigration application.
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Transcript: “Don’t be a victim of a disappearing act: Choose your representative carefully”
Video length: 1:00 minute
The video begins with a side shot of an Asian immigrant sitting in front of a desk, facing a representative.
Immigrant: I want to immigrate to Canada.
The shot changes; we now see the representative from the front and the immigrant man from the back.
Representative: Well, you’ve come to the right place
We see the representative open a binder, the diplomas on the wall are disappearing. The angle changes and we see the representative from the back and the immigrant, who has a questioning expression, from the front.
We see the representative from the front; he removes a pencil from the pocket of his jacket. The office furniture continues to blur.
Representative: Work visas, family applications, citizenship applications, anything you need. Approvals, I guarantee them. Fast, fast, fast.
Close-up on the representative, who has a suspicious smile.
Representative: …and I take cash
The image goes back to the immigrant’s questioning expression.
The angle then shows a coffee cup. It disappears. The immigrant notices something, as his expression changes.
Narrator: Don’t be the victim of a disappearing act. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
If you use an unauthorized representative, your application may be refused. And, you could be defrauded.
We see the representative trying to convince the immigrant; at the same time, the office furniture continues to blur: it becomes less and less visible until it disappears completely. The image of the representative disappears. The wall behind the desk gives way to a large empty room with a rolled-up rug on the floor.
We now see a wide shot of the Asian immigrant sitting in front of an empty desk. We see a medium close-up of the Asian immigrant. The walls of the office in which he is sitting disappear, as well as the desk in front of him. He is now sitting in the empty room. We see a telephone on the floor, a water stain on the rug, an upside-down coffee cup on the radiator and wires hanging from the ceiling. The immigrant bows his head, as he realizes what has just happened.
Narrator: Each year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada approves hundreds of thousands of immigration and citizenship applications from those who use representatives.
We go to the Asian immigrant sitting in the office of an authorized representative. She opens a document, puts on her glasses, and they review the application. We see a close-up of the smiling faces of the two protagonists, then of the application form; go back to the wide shot of the office, where we see the representative giving explanations to the immigrant.
Narrator: But only some people are authorized to charge a fee to represent you on a Canadian immigration or citizenship application.
Narrator: Find out who is an authorized representative and who can legally represent you by visiting our website.
Graphic text: cic.gc.ca/fraud appears.
Fade to black; we see the Canada wordmark.
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