The rumours are false: Survey reveals immigration consultants are satisfied
with current regulator

TORONTO, Aug. 18 /CNW/ - Amidst concerns about the immigration consulting profession's lack of satisfaction in its national regulatory body, the Canadian Migration Institute (CMI) has released the results of its survey on the current state of the immigration consulting profession and its regulator the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC).

"The survey clearly indicates that Fellows of CMI are satisfied with how the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants is regulating the immigration consulting profession," said Imran Qayyum, CMI Chair. "Fellows were provided with a list of requirements provided by the Canadian Bar Association that a regulator must meet in order to be effective and almost 100 per cent of respondents indicated that they are satisfied that CSIC is meeting them."

In addition, the survey indicated that almost 100 per cent of respondents believe that they should be allowed to continue to advise, represent or consult clients on immigration matters for a fee and that they should be allowed to continue to regulate themselves.

"Consultants clearly recognize that they are in the best position to determine the standards necessary to offer the public immigration consulting services," continued Qayyum. "They recognize that self-regulation is a privilege and they appear to be up to the challenge of maintaining public trust."

Solus One contacted CMI Fellows by telephone between July 19 and August 5, 2010. During that time, 544 Fellows responded out of 1735 telephone calls, an impressive response rate of 31.4 per cent. This survey is based on a representative sample of immigration consultants who are Fellows of CMI.

More detail on the survey can be found on the CMI website at www.cmi-icm.ca.

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 1,800 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 representatives.

SOURCE CANADIAN MIGRATION INSTITUTE

For further information: For further information: Tiffany Nyklickova, (416) 815-4277 x2245, tnyklickova@cmi-icm.ca.

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