How to protect yourself from fraudulent immigration consultants & lawyers

08:32 PM | 22 Apr, 2019
How to protect yourself from fraudulent immigration consultants & lawyers
The government of Canada turned heads globally after the announcement that it wants to admit more than 1 million immigrants over the next 3 years. This announcement became a beacon of hope for many aspiring immigrants from different parts of the world.

In Pakistan, some people thought that the Canadian government’s policies on immigration had gotten more flexible and easier and so they started searching for ways for immigration to Canada. Upon doing these searches online, and also through word of mouth, many different consultants who claim to be experts of Canadian immigration can be found.

Most of these consultants have big fancy offices in posh areas, where some of them hang pictures of Canada as well as their law degrees. People go to these consultants and “lawyers” in the hope of realizing their Canadian dream, but how often do things go as expected? What goes wrong? Are these consultants really experts of Canadian immigration? Are you putting your trust and money in the hands of the right people?

As per Canadian law, there are only a few authorized representatives who can advise clients for a fee or consideration for Canadian immigration, citizenship and visas.

These are:

  • A member in good standing of a body designated by the government of Canada, which is ICCRC or Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.

  •  A Canadian lawyer or paralegal who is a member of the law society of a Canadian province.

  • Quebec notaries.

So, the next time you meet an immigration consultant or lawyer for Canadian immigration or any sort of Canadian visa, please do confirm whether he is registered with ICCRC with an active status or not.

To do this, simply go to ICCRC’s website on this page and input the name or registration number of the consultant to see if he is authorized or not. Only Canadian citizens or permanent residents can be licensed to become ICCRC Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants.

For lawyers, ask for proof that they are registered with the law society of a Canadian province. The chances of a lawyer who is registered with the law society of a Canadian province and he is practising in Pakistan are very slim. Also note that a lawyer, regardless of where he has studied from, the even US, UK etc., is not authorized to give advice on Canadian immigration unless he is registered with the law society of a Canadian province.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the Immigration authority of Canada i.e. Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is a government department and it makes decisions on visa applications independently. Since this is an independent department, no consultant or lawyer can guarantee one hundred percent that you will get your visa for sure. This decision is not in the hands of the consultant or lawyer, this decision is only made by the visa officers and no one knows who the visa officer will be.

A licensed consultant or lawyer will try his best by giving you professional advice and preparing the right documents but never make false promises. That’s why ICCRC licensed consultants are forbidden from doing contingency billing or in other words telling clients that they will get a visa for sure and if they do not get it, they will not charge the clients. If someone offers contingency billing or assures you that you will get a visa for sure, he or she is most likely a fraudulent consultant and is trying to oversimplify things to make you part from your hard earned money.

In Canada, an authorized person who gives immigration advice for a fee or consideration may be fined up to $100,000 and sent to 2 years in prison. But unfortunately, outside Canada, there is still a great opportunity to identify and stop unauthorized immigration consultants and lawyers. Meanwhile, the consumers must educate themselves on how to differentiate between authorized and unauthorized or fraudulent consultants and lawyers.

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Rupee remains stable against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham and Riyal; check forex rates

Pakistani rupee remained stable against US dollar in the open bank market on Friday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Friday, the US dollar was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.

Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan – 1 December 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.3 288.15
Euro EUR 311 314
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 361.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 78 78.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 76.2 77
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.67 767.67
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.59 39.98
Danish Krone DKK 41.38 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.63 36.98
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.7 935.7
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 741.26 749.26
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.63 78.33
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 26.93 27.23
Swiss Franc CHF 325.9 328.4
Thai Bhat THB 8.23 8.38

Gold rates drop in Pakistan; Check today’s gold rates 1 December 2023

KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 1 December 2023

On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs217,400, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs186,390.

Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs199,282, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs190,225 and 18k gold rate hovers around Rs163,050.

In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Karachi PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Islamabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Peshawar PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Quetta PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Sialkot PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Attock PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Gujranwala PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Jehlum PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Multan PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Bahawalpur PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Gujrat PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Nawabshah PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Chakwal PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Hyderabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Nowshehra PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Sargodha PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Faisalabad PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696
Mirpur PKR 217,400 PKR 2,696


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