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Food for Thought?

The direction government is taking in requiring the potential immigrant to land a job prior to his/her arrival is turning the immigrations system upside down. But is that a good thing? We have doctors who come here to drive cabs or wash dishes. Shouldn’t this country want those that come here to contribute where there is a need? But what of the immigration consultant? Will we be replaced by job recruiting agencies? Or maybe we’ll be employed by them.

The scenario could be: “Canadian Personnel Inc.” establishes an office in, say, Mumbai, and advertises for people to bring in their resumes’ for consideration for employment in Canada. Their offices in Canada has a client list of employers here that ask “CPI” to fill a position. “CPI” works with CIC for the LMO clearance, and, voila, the office in Mumbai calls the qualified client, they issue him a visa (subject to the medical, security and other regulations imposed by CIC), he pays his fees, and books a flight to Canada. Once here, the client can apply to extend his work visa, if desired, or return home when the contract for his services ends. As a client of “CPI”, he can pay them more fees to help him get permanent residence and fill out the necessary paperwork to bring his family over, if that’s what he chooses.

The immigration consultant could be considered redundant. CIC already encourages potential immigrants to apply on their own to save money.  With the “inexpensive” help of the staff at “CPI”, they can submit the required materials on-line at the “CPI” offices.

It wouldn’t take a bold move for the government to renege on its regulation that requires immigration consultants to be lawyers or members of ICCRC. When you open up an opportunity for people to shop around for companies that can service their needs, the resulting competitive atmosphere will see costs of immigrant services declining substantially compared to what consultants charge today.

“CPI” and similar companies could also pick the cream off the top, so to speak, where they will keep costs low by not processing “difficult” cases but only the basic, straightforward ones. The result will be ICCRC members fighting for the clients that have complicated cases and enough funds available to pay for the extensive services needed.

The pre-screening can be done effectively by “CPI” instead of CIC because they will be subject to hefty fines or loss of their business license if the “wrong” people find their way here. This type of system will also make the PNPs redundant.

I can see the advertisement now:

We’re Hiring!
Multi/Bilingual Immigration Consultants needed at Canadian Personnel Inc.
Apply Now!
Starting wage $11/hr plus bonus!
Call 604-555-5555

In the governments bid to create a cost effective system that fills the needs of the Canadian economy and those of the potential immigrants, could this scenario be far behind? Taxpayers would applaud the savings from privatizing the bulk of our immigration system. Food for thought.

William Howie
Immigration Program Student at Ashton College
under the tutelage of Jose Godoy Toku

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