Over the past few months, a number of individuals have been charged and/or exposed for being fake immigration consultants. This practice is abhorrent and must stop, says Phil Mooney, President and CEO of Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).
“Throughout the country immigration consultants, with support from Minister Jason Kenney and Citizenship and Immigration Canada, have taken a clear stand. They have developed strong professional standards and created an organization to effectively regulate the profession and protect consumers: ICCRC.
“There is a simple way to protect yourself when considering service providers in the immigration profession: hire a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC).
“RCICs must respect stringent standards, be properly trained and fulfill annual professional development requirements. ICCRC has also developed an effective system to deal with complaints and discipline.
“As of October 28, 2011, anyone providing immigration services for a fee (other than members of a Law Society or of la Chambre des notaires du Québec) must be a member in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. A person presenting him or herself as an immigration consultant but who is not registered with the Council is acting illegally.”
View the list of RCICs by visiting www.iccrc-crcic.ca.