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Is your Immigration Consultant Authorized? Canada Immigration Going After Crooked Immigration Consultants

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Crooked immigration consultants days are numbered or, at the very least, will be tougher.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is going after shady and unacceptable practices of immigration consultants that will protect applicants from immigration fraud and boost confidence in the integrity of Canada's immigration program.

Crooked immigration consultants may take advantage of the changes in the Canada immigration program - limiting the number of application to be accepted from certain categories of federal economic immigration stream - and lure many applicants.

Part of this initiative is naming of Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) as the new regulatory body to oversee immigration consultants, taking over from the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC). Members of CSIC can start to register with ICCRC on June 30, 2011. Transition to ICCRC from CSIC ends on October 28, 2011.

Immigration consultants or representatives are authorized to offer paid professional service if they are a member of good standing with ICCRC, provincial/territorial law society, including paralegals or members of Chambre des notaires du Qu├ębec.

CIC and the ICCRC will implement Bill C-35 to weed out crooked immigration consultants.

Bill C-35 [Act to Amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act]

makes it an offence for anyone other than an authorized representative to conduct business, for a fee or other consideration, at any stage of an application or proceeding. This includes the period before a proceeding begins or an application is submitted and means that anyone who provides paid immigration advice at the pre-application stage will need to be an authorized representative, as identified in section 91 of the Act.

Unpaid third parties, such as family members and friends, can still act on behalf of an applicant.

Know more about Bill C-35 here.

It is one's right to seek a better way of life for one's self and his/her family like migrating to a country like Canada. Hiring and paying for an immigration consultant can facilitate one's immigration application.

But not all immmigration consultants can help an applicant. Getting the help of unauthorized or incompetent consultant can delay the application, cost unnecessary fees or worse get the application denied.

By seeking professional advice only from legally authorized immigration consultants, applicants stand to have a better chance of migrating to Canada, realizing their dream for a better life.

At the same, doing so lessens the opportunity of crooked immigration consultants to victimize migrant-hopefuls. To me, it is a contribution in itself to curtailing immigration fraud and human trafficking.

Here's an authorized and experienced Canada Immigration Consultant.

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