Federal Government must reform regulatory system to protect prospective
immigrants to Canada

TORONTO, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - The Canadian Migration Institute (CMI) is calling on the Federal Government to move quickly on reforms to the immigration regulatory system that would protect immigrants to Canada from ghost immigration agents.

Ghost immigration agents are dishonest people who pretend to be immigration consultants, but have no qualifications and offer none of the protections offered by members of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants or other authorized immigration representatives.

"Minister Kenney needs introduce specific penalties for those who falsely hold themselves out to be immigration consultants. Dishonest people are taking advantage of legal loopholes in the regulatory system. Ghost immigration agents are front-ending immigration applications and offering their services in areas such as citizenship where the Canadian Government has yet to designate who can represent for a fee. The Government must act quickly to close these loopholes so that vulnerable people are protected," said Imran Qayyum, Chair of CMI.

"Consumers don't need to hire a representative to help them with the immigration process, but Citizenship and Immigration Canada's own survey revealed that those who seek help hire an immigration consultant. The Government needs to take action to ensure that the only representatives available to prospective immigrants are authorized representatives such as a member of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants, a lawyer or Quebec notary," concluded Qayyum.

The role of the Canadian Migration Institute (www.cmi-icm.ca) is to educate, advocate and accredit on immigration policy. CMI represents more than 1700 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.


For further information: For further information: Contact: Tiffany Nyklickova, (416) 815-4277 x 3, tnyklickova@cmi-icm.ca

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