Published Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 01:06 PM IST

Another Canadian dream crushed by an unlicensed immigration consultant.

Three men from India named Kamalpreet Singh, Amrit Gill, and Gurjit Gill came to Canada on student visas and enrolled at Algonquin College in Ottawa.

They individually paid $39,000 to Karnail Singh Ghadial for helping in securing jobs that would allow them to stay as permanent residents in Canada.

Ghadial arranged to stay for the three men at a Howard Johnson hotel in Yorkton, Sask that purportedly paid $18.48 per hour.

But after enquiring they found job offers were fraudulent from Immigration Canada. Their trouble did not end here, further, the agency rejected the applications from the men and ruled them “inadmissible to Canada” for five years. So, all three are now back in India.

The men initially reported police, who concluded there was enough evidence to lay a charge of “utter forged document” against Ghadial. Ghadial in his plea to police stated that he didn’t know the documents were fraudulent. But Ghadial said he was only ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution to each of the men.

All the three men filled a case in court and the judge ruled Ghadial had provided false documents and the men finally got all of their money back. “If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck,” said the judge.

We have seen a number of cases in the news that people dreaming to settle abroad are ditched by immigration consultants but in all the situation you can’t blame the immigration consultant only as people planning to settle abroad doesn’t follow proper rules of immigration. What the men really want, however, is a chance to emigrate to Canada. They find shortcuts and fall victims of such frauds. The students’ families are equally responsible for raising such frauds as they give money without proper enquiring about the process for immigration just to fulfill the stubborn desires of their children and then they blame the whole scenario and immigration consultants. Like the above three men, people regret later for chasing their dreams blindly. As this 23-year-old boy regret later and said “What has happened to my life? Where has it gone?” I did everything in good faith,” he added.