Tuesday, March 10, 2009

CSIC in line with government’s move to protect prospective immigrants

The Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) supports the government’s efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of unscrupulous immigration agents offering immigration services.

“Vulnerable consumers can find themselves victims of unscrupulous agents and we support the government for taking this important first step to shed light on this serious problem,” said John Ryan, CSIC Chair and Acting CEO.

CSIC will soon step up its own efforts to raise awareness about this problem by launching a unique multi-lingual advertising campaign that will compliment the government’s initiative. “CSIC will launch its campaign on Monday, March, 16, 2009. Our sole purpose in launching this unique advertising campaign is to protect the hopes and dreams of prospective immigrants who want to make Canada their home,” continued Ryan.

Mr. Ryan also applauds the government for recognizing the important role that accredited immigration consultants play in protecting the dreams of prospective Canadians. “There is one very important step that consumers can take to protect themselves from unscrupulous agents and that is to ensure that they have hired a member of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants, a member of a provincial bar or a Quebec notary. These individuals are the only ones who can petition the government on behalf of prospective immigrants. CSIC looks forward to working with Mr. Kenney, Minister, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, and the federal government on this important issue,” said Ryan.

CSIC is the professional regulatory body for immigration consultants in Canada. Established in 2004 it currently has more than 1400 members. CSIC’s mandate is to protect consumers of immigration consulting services. Consequently, it is responsible for ensuring the education, competency testing and the discipline of its members. CSIC also requires its members to carry errors and omissions insurance and to contribute to a compensation fund.