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According to an article in the Toronto Star , The Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) has published the names of hundreds of immigration consultants on their website, saying are no longer members and are not allowed to charge for their services.
Since June 30th, the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants has been replaced by a new Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council after many, many reports that the former regulatory body was pretty much powerless to deal with corrupt and shady immigration consultants who cheated immigrants out of their money or encouraged illegal activities.h
The names of the immigration consultants were released because the consultants failed to pay membership fees to the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants, leading to suspensions. Two consultants have asked Federal Court to to fix the problem by making the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants retract the suspension.
According to the Star, the lawsuit says, “as CSIC continues to purport to act as the regulator of immigration consultants, it is exceeding its jurisdiction and ought to be subject to an injunction to prevent such conduct in the future.” According to CSIC, there is nothing legal that says CSIC is no longer “official” because the regulation that designated a new regulator wasn’t posted in the Canada Gazette.
Even with a new, seemingly better-managed regulatory body, just exactly who is in charge of disciplining shady immigration consultants remains unclear. Save yourself the trouble and consult the services of licensed immigration lawyers that are members of the Canadian Bar Association, American Bar Association, or both.