Caribbean Immigration: Six Ways to Save Yourself from Scams!
By BrightPath Caribbean
May 17, 2022
Immigration to the Caribbean, like all other relocations, is an overwhelming and complex process. As you sort through your immigration documents, prepare for the application, and anxiously try to know more about the Caribbean, having a competent consultant by your side is crucial.
The good news is that there are several credible Caribbean immigration consultants who have paved the way for Americans and Canadians to relocate to this region. Unfortunately, there are some who try to cash in on the opportunity and scam people of their hard-earned money.
So if you’re looking to move to St. Maarten or relocate anywhere else in the Caribbean, read this blog first. This will help you protect yourself from scams and fake immigration consultants.
Tips to Identify Fake Caribbean Immigration Consultants
Here are some ways you can determine the legitimacy of an agency and spot fake Caribbean immigration consultants.
Be Wary of Phony Email Addresses
A scammer immigration consultant or agency is much more likely to have a weird or phony email address. Moreover, credible immigration agencies use their company as a domain name and will always have professional email IDs.
Take a Look at the Website
Before you finalize an immigration consultant, always check their website thoroughly. Unprofessional content, fake websites, copycat websites, and language mistakes are some of the red flags that you should look out for. A credible immigration agency will have a professional website that has the complete address and contact details of the agency’s office.
Don’t Agree to Full-Cash Payments
A legit immigration consultancy will never demand a full cash payment, and that too upfront. Most agencies will first sign a retainer with you and only accept a cheque. Furthermore, a credible immigration agency will wait for your process to be complete and then expect payment for their services. So if an agent or a consultancy is after you for money, don’t give any to them!
Never Pay Via Chatting Apps
While immigration consultants do conduct correspondence via chat apps like WhatsApp, it’s unlikely for them to engage in official financial discussions over it. Never pay any immigration consultant after a WhatsApp conversation, wait for an official email entailing the fee and billing details.
Always Ask for References and Credentials
Caribbean immigration consultants are registered with authorities and relevant communities. Make sure to ask them about their registration credentials, past references, and all such relevant questions that help you recognize their credibility.
Don’t Hesitate to Double-Check
Lastly, never be shy to double-check and ask questions. Verify the information your immigration agency has provided you with other sources to ensure that you have the right consultant by your side.
If you wish to learn more about us at BrightPath Caribbean, reach out to us for free Zoom consultation. We have helped numerous clients relocate to the Caribbean, start a business, and retire in the Caribbean. Go through our website to read out clients’ testimonials and learn more about our services.