New Legislation will Crack Down on Fraudulent Immigration and Citizenship Consultants

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced this week its plans for stronger regulation of immigration and citizenship consultants. A new legislation will make College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) the official governing body for immigration consultants across Canada.  

IRCC says CICC will have the powers and tools it needs for vigorous oversight, enforcement, investigations and punishment to root out fraudulent immigration and citizenship consultants and hold them accountable for their actions.

The proposed change comes after an investigative report released earlier this week from the Globe and Mail, revealing several cases of corrupt immigration consultants and recruiters who were accused of exploiting over 2,600 foreign workers and students in Canada and abroad.  

In addition, IRCC says it will work with CICC to:

  • Implement a mandatory and robust course for those wishing to obtain an immigration and citizenship consulting license;

  • introduce transparency on fees; and

  • provide a better system for people to make formal complaints against a consultant.

The new legislation will protect Canadians, prospective newcomers and good-standing immigration and citizenship consultants against deceitful consultants who are preying on the most vulnerable.