2019-09-17 – Immigration fraudsters have been targeting Canada's Atlantic Immigration Pilot to offer fast permanent residence to candidates willing to part with hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Unlicensed 'ghost' consultants are exploiting the employer-led AIP, set up to help bring more working-age immigrants to a region struggling with an aging population and labour shortages, according to a CBC News report.

The illegal route to Canadian permanent residence has become known as a 'golden ticket'.

The fraud sees candidates given fake jobs and paid fake salaries from companies in one of the four Atlantic provinces: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador.

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