Toronto is one of the best places to live not only in Canada but in the world. A lot of people want to move to Toronto and a huge number are from overseas. Unfortunately, some crooks are taking advantage of this and charging would-be Chinese immigrants exorbitant amounts for immigration opportunities.
A Toronto immigration firm was found out to be charging as much as $170,000 to cover a would-be immigrant’s paper trail, wages, and employer’s fee as unveiled by an undercover CBC journalist. The journalist posed as a Chinese National who wants to seek permanent residence in Canada. Those who want to be an immigrant with the help of WonHoTa Consulting Inc. have to pay the $170,000 fee directly to the personal account of WonHonTa’s sole director (done to get out of paying taxes). More details about how everything worked with WonHonta was shared via WeChat by Jiacheng Song, manager of Nanjing Youtai Investment Consulting Co. Ltd, an affiliate of the immigration firm. Song wrote that they have employers who work with them in exchange for money. The employer gets paid for sponsoring clients for immigration and in turn, makes easy money while getting free labour for half a year.
Fake Jobs for Permanent Residency
Simply put, WonHonTa Consulting offers fake jobs to aspiring immigrants as shared by Vancouver immigration lawyer and policy analyst Richard Kurland. This practice is illegal and hurts the integrity of the Canadian immigration program plus also affects legitimate immigrants who follow the rules.
The truth is, real jobs are not easy to find and very few are really good opportunities. Nanjing Youtai finds Chinese nationals who want to immigrate to Canada and refers them to Toronto-based WonHonTa. For the undercover journalist, Song recommended that he consider Atlantic Canada or Saskatchewan because it is a lot easier to get to them with lower requirements and shorter waiting times. Song further shared that in the past year, he was able to get about 10 Chinese nationals to Saskatchewan and about 12 to Atlantic Canada.
WonHonTa promotes employment to a range of skilled jobs via WeChat. They mention daycare workers, sewing machine operators, welders, and more. They also claim to have a national network of headhunters who recruit willing employers and states that some of them are even government immigration officials. They claim to help a lot of people find success and so that justifies their increasing fees. They also say that without a certain fee, employers won’t want to be a part of their operations. Note that foreign workers need to prove that they are employed in a skilled profession in Canada so that they can qualify for permanent residency.
Tracking the Fraud
The people behind WonHonTai and Nanjing Youtai repeatedly told the undercover journalist that it is unlikely that their scheme will ever be uncovered. They also said that if the immigrant will choose to work in the Canadian company that sponsored them for real, they will get back some of what they paid in the form of wages. The concerning detail is that they claimed that they will also provide the necessary documentation should the immigrant choose not to work, just to make things look good on paper and make it seem like the immigrant is employed. There are more details but it took someone going undercover to flush out the truth.
Perpetrators of fraud are getting smarter. It is best to be on the lookout and be wary of offers that seem to good too be true or too easy. If in doubt about a possible fraudulent work opportunity in Toronto, it is best to stay informed and maybe consult private investigators in Toronto for help. Contact Haywood Hunt & Associates today!