The government of Canada has said that its immigration office does not accept refugee applications from people directly.
Also, the government said no one could guarantee approval of immigration applications except Canadian migration officers.
This was contained in a recent statement by the Office of the High Commission of Canada to Nigeria.
The statement is titled, ‘A message from the Government of Canada’ and it read: “Canadian Embassies, High Commissions, Consulates, Consulates-General or Honorary Consulates do not accept refugee applications directly from people.
“Canada works with the United Nations Refugee Agency, other designated referral organizations and private sponsors to identify individuals in need of resettlement, and who are outside their home country.
“You cannot apply directly for resettlement. You must be referred to Canada by a designated referral organization or a private sponsor.
“Don’t be fooled by rumours or false information online.
“No one can guarantee that your immigration application will be fast-tracked or approved. Only a Canadian migration officer can decide if you can come to Canada.
“All the information you need to apply to visit or immigrate to Canada is available free on the official Government of Canada website.”
Canada is one of the top destinations of Nigerians and the country is expected to bring in 341,000 skilled workers, family members of Canadians and refugees in 2020 if not for the pandemic.