BURLINGTON, ON, June 19, 2017 /CNW/ - Following the tabling of the Report Starting Again: Improving Government Oversight of Immigration Consultants by Borys Wrzesnewskyj, Chair of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration last week in the House of Commons, the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) will review the recommendations put forward in detail over the coming days.
The ICCRC has listened carefully to the testimony before the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration and has already begun to address some of their concerns.
"ICCRC has always welcomed input from stakeholders in the field of immigration," said Mr. Chris Daw, Chair of the Board of Directors of ICCRC. "We are committed to review the report in detail. We are considering all of the opportunities and challenges detailed in the report in order to strengthen the Council as a regulator."
Mr. Stephen Ashworth was recently appointed ICCRC's President and CEO and in collaboration with the Board, the Members and stakeholders has been evaluating opportunities for improvement that would enable the Council to better protect consumers of immigration services.
"ICCRC recognizes that we have an important role as the national regulatory body, and there is an opportunity to further enhance how we serve and protect the public," said Stephen Ashworth, President and CEO.
ICCRC currently regulates approximately 4,000 licensed professionals practicing as Regulated Consultants and Regulated International Student Advisors. The Council operates as a completely self-financing regulatory authority without expense to the taxpayer. ICCRC's mandate is to protect consumers of immigration services through effective regulation of immigration and citizenship consultants and promotion of the benefits of using only authorized immigration representatives.
Designated by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, ICCRC is the national regulatory body that governs Canadian immigration and citizenship consultants as well as international student advisors. The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) and the Citizenship Act stipulate that persons, who provide immigration or citizenship advice for a fee or other consideration, must be regulated by ICCRC as Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) or Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs). Exceptions are members in good standing of provincial or territorial law societies or the Chambre des notaires du Québec.
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