Regulator sought to oversee Canadian immigration agents
by Liam Clifford
September 01 2010
The Canadian immigration department is looking to identify a governing body to oversee the immigration agent industry.
The Canadian immigration minister, Jason Kenney stated, Were looking for a regulator who can support Canadas long-term immigration objectives while working toward maintaining and building confidence in our immigration system.
The department has issued a call for submissions from interested parties, who have until 29 December 2010. Kenney explained what the department was looking for from the candidates: On one hand, the successful candidate must show it can effectively investigate the conduct of its members and sanction those who dont play by the rules.
He continued, On the other hand, it will need to show they understand how vulnerable people using the services of an immigration consultant can be. It will also need to understand the importance of ensuring that consultants respect Canadas immigration laws.
The formation of the governing body is part of a wider strategy to prevent unlawful immigration agents charging people who are looking to move to Canada for the provision of illegal documents and paperwork. The strategy is called the Cracking Down on Crooked Consultants Act.