Statement from the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration’s Report on Immigration Consultants
Ottawa – The Hon. Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, on Dec.4 issued the following statement:
“Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is strongly committed to protecting the public from unethical practices in the immigration and citizenship consultant industry.
“While most consultants may provide important and valuable services to people seeking to become Canadian permanent residents or citizens, we must guard against unscrupulous and fraudulent activities by some consultants, such as making false promises or providing false information about Canada’s immigration processes to applicants, counselling to obtain or submit false evidence, or charging for services without being a member in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).
“I am grateful to the members of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration for their thoughtful recommendations in the committee’s recent report entitled Starting Again: Improving the Government Oversight of Immigration Consultants. We concur with the general intent and objectives of this report, and this concurrence was registered during the vote held today in the House of Commons.
“These complex issues have an impact on public confidence, and on immigration and citizenship applicants and consultants, and will require time for careful, thorough and serious consideration.
“We are undertaking a comprehensive analysis of the committee’s recommendations and we will determine the best path forward to strengthen measures that protect the public from unethical consulting practices in the coming months. While this work is ongoing, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will continue to closely monitor the performance of the ICCRC, to refer complaints of unauthorized consultants to the Canada Border Services Agency, and to advise the public not to use unauthorized consultants.
“We are also making client-service improvements that will simplify the application process, while maintaining the integrity of our immigration system. These continuing improvements will make it easier to access our services, decreasing reliance on consultants.”