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Online posts promoting news of a “Canadian Visa Lottery Application” are misleading and readers should not interact with them.

Residents of Ghana and Nigeria have reported articles on a variety of websites entitled either “Canadian Visa Lottery Application Form 2017/2018” or “Canadian Visa Lottery Application Form 2018/2019" that promise readers an opportunity to apply to live in Canada. However, no such application form exists and the Canadian government does not issue immigration visas through a lottery system.

Some of the posts invite readers to submit their phone numbers and email addresses in the comments section. Readers should avoid providing any personal information through these websites.

Immigration to Canada is achievable only through programs operated by the Canadian government or through programs run by the governments of Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories.

No other bodies or agents are authorized to run immigration programs to Canada.

For more information on how you can protect yourself from immigration fraud, please see the Canadian government’s website.