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May 25, 2010

Cracking Down on Crooked Consultants

An article published in yesterday’s Globe and Mail continued in the recent trend to expose “ghost consultants” who scam people out of their money and fail to provide the promised service.

The federal government plans to introduce new legislation to crack down on these ghost consultants by the end of next month. As the article explains, the problems with bogus consultants comes down to a lack of regulation under the current system:

“Under the six-year-old system, an immigration consultant must be accredited with the federal regulator – the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants – to present an application, including appearing before an immigration tribunal. But if consultants limit their tasks to filling out paperwork and providing advice, no credentials are required and CSIC has no jurisdiction over them.

That leaves ghost agents free to make promises that licensed consultants cannot make, said Phil Mooney, past president of CSIC.”

Click here for a link to the full article.

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