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Regulatory body reminds consumers of illegally operating immigration consultants

As part of a nationwide effort by private sector firms, government agencies, law enforcement, and consumer protection organizations, the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) is urging consumers of immigration services to be vigilant when seeking professional assistance to immigrate to Canada. ICCRC is the national regulatory authority designated by the Government of Canada to safeguard consumers who seek Canadian immigration advice and representation from immigration consultants.

March is Fraud Prevention Month and the national regulatory body is launching a global campaign to inform immigrants and their families that anyone who provides immigration services for all sort of visa’s including study visa for a fee must be registered and regulated by a governing body. As with those who impersonate lawyers and doctors, posing as an immigration consultant is illegal. Penalties range from fines of up to $100,000 to 2 years imprisonment. And for the candidate they will end up facing long term ban in their visa.

Consumers can find an Authorized ICCRC Consultant by logging into http://secure.iccrc-crcic.ca/search-new/EN→ Type the "Company name" → click “Search”. If “No Results Found” means the Consultant is not registered with ICCRC.

A self-governing regulatory body, ICCRC manages the profession’s entry-to-practice standards, professional requirements and a rigorous complaints and discipline process.

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