Immigration consultants gather in Toronto for education and networking at National Conference

TORONTO, May 5 /CNW/ - Over 300 members of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) are gathering in Toronto today to meet their colleagues and increase their knowledge at a joint national conference between CSIC and the Canadian Migration Institute, entitled "Adapting to Change."

In addition to bringing in experts from across Canada, CSIC has invited international speakers. Barry Smedts from New Zealand's Immigration Advisors Authority and Christine Sykes from Australia's Migration Agents Registration Authority will provide attendees with new perspectives on immigration and immigration consulting.

"CSIC's National Conference provides professional development that is critical to helping our members provide better service to their clients," said CSIC Chair Nigel Thomson. "It's also a great opportunity for new immigration consultants to meet their colleagues and build the connections that will enable them to succeed."

Educational sessions during the two-day event will cover many emerging issues in immigration, including criminality, temporary foreign workers, student visas and Quebec immigration.

The Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants is the professional regulatory body for Certified Canadian Immigration Consultants. Established in 2004 it currently has over 1,800 members. CSIC's mandate is to protect consumers of immigration consulting services. Consequently, it is responsible for ensuring the education, competency testing and the discipline of its members. CSIC also requires its members to carry errors and omissions insurance and to contribute to a compensation fund. The best way to find a CCIC is via CSIC's toll free referral line, 1-877-311-7926.

SOURCE Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants

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