Obtaining a residence permit through illegal means comes at a price, one that isn’t worth paying. The entire situation taught me that shortcuts are never the solution, and the consequences far outweigh the benefits. One can only obtain a residence permit through legal channels that preserve the integrity of the law and ensure national security. It’s always better to go through the proper channels, no matter how tedious or time-consuming the process may be. Ultimately, my experience taught me to think twice before indulging in anything that seems too good to be true. I learned to be patient and follow due process, and I hope that anyone considering buying a residential permit online can learn from my experience.