CSIC encouraged by Minister Kenney's move to protect temporary foreign

TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - The Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) is encouraged by the Canadian Government's proposed action to protect temporary foreign workers.

"Temporary foreign workers often find themselves the victims of unscrupulous agents and recruiters," said John Ryan, CSIC Chair and Acting CEO. "CSIC has been at the forefront of consumer protection issues to ensure the fair treatment of foreign nationals as a public policy priority and it is confident that Minister Kenney is on the right path."

CSIC supports the Minister's efforts on this issue and remains hopeful that action will also be taken to protect innocent newcomers to Canada from ghost agents (unscrupulous agents who act outside the law).

"Ghost agents give a bad name to legitimate immigration consultants. Members of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants are immigration professionals who play a valuable role in protecting the hopes and dreams of prospective immigrants to Canada - the actions of ghost consultants defile the immigration consulting profession," said Ryan. "It is heartening to see the Minister begin to take action on the problems facing Canada's immigration system."

The Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants is the professional regulatory body for immigration consultants in Canada. Established in 2004 it currently has close to 1600 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.


For further information: For further information: Nancy Tibbo, (416) 572-2800, Toll Free: 1-866-308-CSIC (2252), ntibbo@csic-scci.ca

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