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Why fix it if it ain’t broke

Posted on August, 2012 by williamhowie

The Conservative government recently announced changes to the employment insurance system that may impact the opportunities for temporary foreign workers. Human Resources Minister Diane Finley recently stated “Bringing in temporary foreign workers is not acceptable, especially when we have Canadians willing to work.” I don’t know if she...

The Kenney way: right or wrong?

Posted on August, 2012 by williamhowie

Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, has been undaunted in his zeal to adjust many aspects of the Canadian immigration system. Is he doing the right thing? There is no simple answer. Several directions taken by Mr. Kenney do make sense. These include: One of the latest proposals (Bill C-43, the Faster Removal...

How to protect the public from unscrupulous consultants/lawyers

Posted on August, 2012 by williamhowie

The new rules and regulations brought down by the Conservative government over the past few years have shown a keen desire to make it very difficult for unscrupulous consultants and lawyers to ply their ethically challenged version of this trade on susceptible foreign and domestic populations. Among other things, the newly accredited ICCRC has...

Immigration consultants: good practice = satisfied clients

Posted on August, 2012 by williamhowie

A good immigration consultant would honestly explain to the prospective client the reality of their application proceeding to the next level. If the application appears that it will likely not be processed positively and in a timely manner, the client should be made aware of the reasons why. If you get clients that have paid a lot of money only to...

Come to Canada: we are open: true or false?

Posted on August, 2012 by williamhowie

Canada is open. As long as you are the uniquely qualified. CIC and Minister Jason Kenney understand the need for more immigrants to this country, but they are redesigning the system into one that primarily concentrates on the intake of the cream of the crop. Whereas during the pre-Kenney era, Canada was known to allow most people into this country...

Making CIC better

Posted on August, 2012 by williamhowie

The business of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) can be improved in a number of ways. Although progress has been made in certain areas, still more can be done, such as: Now that the new regulations, rules, penalties and constraints have been placed on professional immigration consultants, the Minister, CIC, and the government in general...

The role of the immigration consultant

Posted on August, 2012 by williamhowie

The role of the immigration consultant can take many forms. From a simple application per user to the most important person in the world to a desperate foreigner. A person can come to the consultant with filled out forms and ask “Can you please go over these forms to make sure I filled them out right? Then I can mail them in.” Another person...

Discrimination vs. the right to refuse service

Posted on August, 2012 by williamhowie

Article 17.11 of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council Code of Professional Ethics states: “An ICCRC member shall not discriminate against any person in the course of their practice on such grounds as…record of offences…” Taken literally, this means a RCIC cannot turn down a client that desires to come to Canada...

War against refugees?

Posted on August, 2012 by anthonyfajobi

Under a new policy, refugees are now to only enjoy regulated health services. The refugees are to be denied preventive and primary health care, amongst others. Whoever has crafted this policy may have been at war with himself, cutting the nose to spit the eyes. Does it not even make elementary sense, to prevent than to cure? How does new policy...

Immigration fraud

Posted on August, 2012 by anthonyfajobi

The latest in the myriad of fraudulent activities relating to immigration is the Calgary case. We have this fraudulent practices in marriages, as well as in Citizenship. Perhaps this Calgary incident has a new dimension, in the sense that the victim is already lawfully resident in Canada, and dispossessed of her properties by the head of an agency...