Slaw: Bill C-35 comes into force and new immigration regulator in place
As stated earlier on Slaw, legislation cracking down on crooked immigration consultants (Bill C-35) comes into force on June 30, 2011. At the same time, the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) is confirmed as the new regulatory body for immigration consultants. The ICCRC will regulate the industry, enhance consumer protection and aim to uphold the integrity of the Canadian immigration system.
The ICCRC will also engage all stakeholders involved in immigration in order to develop new and innovative ways to protect the public, including newcomers to Canada from unauthorized providers of immigration services.
Immigration consultants and those currently members in good standing with the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) can begin to register with the ICCRC. A 120-day transitional period is put in place to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of service for both CSIC members currently in good standing and their clients during the transition to the ICCRC. The transition period will end on October 28, 2011.
For more, read my latest post on Slaw.