Some silly questions....
What does an agent really do? How does he help the schools and how does he help the job applicant.
I was brought here by a big chain. I got my other jobs by directly applying, until I got my open work permit.
What justifies the 20% or so percent?
As for the poster who was triple taxed taxed. There was definitely some fraud here and I do recommend you try to recover your loss.
You were working for two to three months with out an ARC. Though you should not be working with out an ARC, no one seems to mind. It turns out to be a little tax free income.
Technically you should not be working illegally, and even if you are working illegally, the tax office seems more concered if you pay taxes or not. If you were actually paying those taxes, please check your W2 Equivalent. Make sure that the tax money is actually going to the government.
My boss kept under-reporting my income and trying to keep the money. But, I made him give a hand written pay stub each payday and the numbers did not add up. You trump card is this.. return to me the money you took or, I will pop down to the tax office with my pay stubs and settle up my tax obligation. Ten to one .. agents will pop down and fine your boss for hiring illegally and not paying his share of the taxes.
That would be a good business if only I spoke and read Chinese. Shaking down agents who cheated clients.. but what could one charge. 20% or recovery.... ?