TORONTO, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - Citizenship and Immigration Canada's (CIC's) ad
campaign about unlicensed ghost agents is misleading, increases
consumer confusion and should be stopped immediately, according to the
Canadian Migration Institute (CMI).
"The ads portray all immigration consultants as fraudsters or charlatans
without drawing the distinction between unlicensed ghost agents and
Certified Canadian Immigration Consultants (CCICs)," said Imran Qayyum,
CMI Chair. "CCICs are well-educated, responsible professionals who are
held to strict professional standards and they deserve better."
Ghost agents often call themselves immigration consultants to dupe
unsuspecting consumers, but they are not accredited, so they are not
immigration consultants, just as an individual who has not passed the
bar is not a lawyer. CMI has long encouraged CIC to describe only CCICs
as immigration consultants.
"The very real differences between ghost agents and professionally
educated CCICs should have been the theme of the ad campaign. This
would have provided consumers with the context they need to find
competent immigration help," said Qayyum. "These ads are just empty
scare tactics and Minister Kenney should halt the campaign
The role of the Canadian Migration Institute (www.cmi-icm.ca) is to educate, accredit and advocate on immigration law and policy.
CMI represents more than 1,670 authorized immigration representatives
and is the largest organization of its kind in North America. CMI has
several chapters throughout Canada that provide regional support
through accredited educational programs, advocacy on provincial issues
and a local network for interaction and connection amongst authorized
SOURCE Canadian Migration Institute
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