Canadian government creates a new body to prevent immigration fraud
August 23, 2021
It is not uncommon to hear of many foreign workers or students having to pay large sums of money to immigration consultants for the promise of work or permanent residence, only to find out at a later date that they have been lied to.
With a number of people from across the globe hoping to settle, visit or work in Canada, the Government is taking meaningful action to root out immigration fraud and offer protection to applicants to the immigration system.
A new body, the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (College), will become the official regulator of immigration and citizenship consultants across the country, improving oversight and cracking down on criminals. It will regulate the profession by protecting both the public and consultants in good standing from those who take advantage of vulnerable people.
The self-governing not-for-profit, Immigration Consultant of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) will function as the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants. The College will officially open on November 23, 2021.
The creation of the College is a key part of the government’s efforts to fight fraud in the immigration system.
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. The creation of the new College delivers on our promise to better protect newcomers and bolsters Canada’s immigration system so it can continue to be the envy of the world.”