December 9, 2010

Legislation to crack down on crooked consultants may soon become a law

Cracking Down on Crooked Consultants ActCracking Down on Crooked Consultants Act received final approval in the House of Commons on December 7, 2010. It will now be forwarded to Senate for consideration.

Here's a recent news release from Citizenship and Immigration Canada regarding this development, statement Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.

“In their quest for personal gain, crooked consultants have displayed a wanton disregard for our immigration rules and bilked too many people out of their hard-earned dollars,” said Minister Kenney. “They are a menace, posing a costly threat not only to their victims, but also to the integrity and fairness of our immigration system. When crooked consultants encourage prospective immigrants to cheat the system, it slows down the immigration system for those following the rules.”

The legislation would make it a crime for unauthorized individuals to provide immigration advice or representation for a fee. This includes services offered or performed before an application is submitted or a proceeding begins, thus closing a loophole in the current framework. It would also give the Minister the authority to designate a body to govern immigration consultants and authorize the Governor in Council to make regulations to enhance the government’s oversight of this body. [Source]

Legislation to crack down on crooked consultants a step closer to becoming law. The days of crooked immigration consultants are numbered!

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