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June 9, 2010

The End of the CSIC Era?

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has announced a new legislation aimed at preventing unauthorized consultants to provide legal advice for a fee. They would face up to two years in jail or a $50,000 fine for even trying to engage in immigration fraud. The bill would also close a loophole that for now prevents authorities from sharing information about immigration consultants.

NDP immigration critic Olivia Chow offered praise for Kenney’s new bill, but urges measures to be taken to ensure that the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)have a mandate to enforce the new measures. The act also calls for a new regulatory body over immigration consultants, which has faced criticism over its lack of regard to prosecute these crooked consultants. The government would open up the position as industry regulator to a public bid, where CSIC is expected to be able to apply.

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