Ottawa creates new regulator for immigration consultants to root out fraud

August 12, 2021

By Vancouver Is Awesome  |

The federal government is establishing a college for immigration and citizenship consultants to become the official regulator of the profession across the country.

The federal Immigration Department said the college will open in November and will have the needed legal tools to investigate professional misconduct and discipline its licensees to root out immigration fraud and protect people wishing to come to Canada.

Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said immigrants should be able to access accurate information as they look for details about Canada’s immigration system.

“Those who wish to come to Canada deserve honest, professional and ethical advice — and we have a responsibility to ensure they’re getting it,” he said in a news release.

“Our new College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants is a major milestone in these efforts.”

Immigration and citizenship fraud committed by consultants or people claiming to be consultants has been an issue in Canada for a long time in the absence of regulatory body that monitors these professionals.

This kind of fraud includes, among other things, collecting additional fees illegally from immigration applicants or asking them to pay an amount of money to ensure the success of their applications.

The new college will replace the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council that began regulating immigration consultants in 2011, along with citizenship consultants and international student advisers in 2015, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Citizenship Act.

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