The new regulatory body for immigration consultants
On 28th of June 2011 Minister of Citizenship & Immigration has designated The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) as the new regulatory body for immigration consultants.
ICCRC President and CEO Phil Mooney stated that as a council they have a clear plan and is ready to regulate this industry.
Background of the Proposition and the Designation
In August 2010, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) launched a competitive submission process to establish a new regulatory body for immigration consultants in Canada.
On March 18, 2011,the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC/the Council) was proposed as the new regulator for this profession. The Notice was published in the Canada Gazette and was followed by a 30-day comment period.
On June 28, 2011 the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism has designated the Council as the new regulatory body for immigration consultants.1
is a non-profit organization and created in response to a public selection process.
The Objective of the Council
The objective is effectively and fairly to regulate immigration consultants with accountability and transparency.
The Role of The Council
The new council has stated that they give high importance on consumer rights. With the protection of the consumers, ICCRC also wants to protect the integrity of the Canadian Immigration System.
Other Measures that are taken by the council;
- Create an effective and accessible complaint and discipline mechanism
- Higher Membership Standards
- Support and monitoring system for the new members
- A continuing education system to keep the members up to date.
- Accredition of educational institutions.
ICCRC briefly wants to ensure the public that they started to take action against the fraudulent and illegal activities of the unauthorized service providers.
The Complaint Mechanism
The primary function of the Council is to ensure that all consumers have access to immigration services from a qualified and ethical body of consultants. Measures are in place to protect all individuals who may use the services of immigration consultants. Consumers who have concerns about the services that they are/were provided can contact to ICCRC to file their complaints. You can check out link below for the details on how to make a complaint about a(n) authorized/non-authorized immigration service provider.
Also consumers outside Canada will be able to file complaints about the non-authorized service providers.
Why Use An Authorized Canadian Immigration Consultant?
- Unauthorized Canadian immigration consultants are accountable to no one
- Unauthorized Canadian immigration consultants may operate unknown to authorities
- Unauthorized Canadian immigration consultants are not supported by anyone
- Unauthorized Canadian immigration consultants may not have the educational requirements.
- Unauthorized Canadian immigration consultants may not have the ability to communicate in English or French
Authorized Canadian immigration consultants are accountable to ICCRC and they are monitored by the council. They are supported by the council to provide quality services.
If you want to get more information about the council please check out ICCRC’S web site at http://www.iccrc-crcic.ca/
And if you want to get more information about Citizenship Immigration Canada (CIC) you can get all the detailed information about the Canadian Immigration System. http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp
Cem Devrim Turetken