New Governmental Changes to Fighting Immigration Fraud
By Teneal Bird
According to Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino, “Those who wish to come to Canada deserve honest, professional and ethical advice—and we have a responsibility to ensure they’re getting it. Our new College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants is a major milestone in these efforts.”
There is an increasing number of people worldwide that want to immigrate or work in Canada. Unfortunately, these people are often forced to pay a large sum of money to immigration consultants to promise employment or permanent residency in Canada, only to discover that they have been lied to.
The Government has been taking significant steps to eliminate immigration fraud and provide applicants for the immigration system protection.
The College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (College) is a new governing body in Canada that will be the official regulator of immigration and citizenship consultants across Canada, enhancing regulation and penalizing offenders. It will safeguard both the general public and reputable consultants from those taking advantage of vulnerable people by regulating the profession. In addition, the college will be able to seek court orders to stop unlicensed actors from giving immigration or citizenship advice without authorization. This is a crucial component of the Government’s strategy to combat immigration fraud.
The College will function as a self-governing, not-for-profit organization that will commence operations on November 23, 2021.