Immigration and citizenship fraud and scams

Learn how to protect yourself from scammers and what to do if you are a victim of fraud.

Services and information

Internet, email and telephone scams

Identify fake websites, emails and phone calls targeting visa applicants.

Fraud targeting newcomers

Learn how to avoid and report scams in Canada.

International student scams

Learn how to protect yourself from fraud while applying for a study permit.

How to report fraud or abuse

Help protect yourself and others by reporting immigration fraud.

Consequences of fraud

Submitting false documents, lying on an application or cheating on a citizenship test has serious consequences.

Marriage fraud

Avoid scams and learn the rules for sponsoring a spouse.

Routine surveys

Find out what surveys are currently being conducted by IRCC.

Posters and tip sheets

View and download materials to help you identify common scams.

Using an immigration and citizenship representative

Find out how to use a representative to help with your immigration or citizenship application.


Check if your representative is authorized

If you’re using a paid immigration representative (consultant, lawyer or Quebec notary), they must be licensed to represent you or give advice.

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