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New Canadian Rules to Crack Down on Unethical Immigration Representatives

According to an announcement by Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney, new rules making it easier to investigate the professional or ethical misconduct of an immigration representative came into effect on May 25, 2012.

 Under the new rules, officials from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) are permitted to provide information regarding an immigration representative’s professional or ethical conduct to people governing or investigating that conduct.

“Sharing information on the misconduct of an immigration representative with the regulatory body will help protect the integrity of our immigration system, and immigrants themselves, “said the Minister.

Information on immigration representatives who have contravened their professional or ethical obligations can be shared with the governing body, in a manner consistent with the Privacy Act whenever officials from CIC, CBSA or the IRB believe that is true.

Joining Minister Kenney at the announcement, Mr. Phil Mooney, Chief Executive Officer of the ICCRC supported the new rules.

“We are pleased with these initiatives as they help us fight those who prey on the unsuspecting and vulnerable” he said. “Since the government brought in Bill C-35, we now have tremendous support in our joint efforts to fight alleged criminals.”

Examples of allegations or evidence that can be shared are:

  • Making false promises to an applicant;
  • Providing false information about Canada’s immigration processes;
  • Failing to provide services agreed to between the representative and the client; or
  • counselling to obtain or submit false evidence.

“We are concerned about unscrupulous immigration representatives who prey on people wanting to immigrate to or stay in Canada,” said Minister Kenney. “We want to do everything in our power to crack down on fraud and protect the integrity of the Canadian immigration system.”

 

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