Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Recently, Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC), issued a statement about plans to safeguard Canadians, prospective newcomers and good-standing immigration and citizenship consultants against fraudulent consultants.

“The government is taking decisive action to hold immigration and citizenship consultants to a much higher standard as we do with other professions, such as lawyers and doctors,” the statement reads

According to the new legislation, the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants would be the official watchdog of consultants across Canada. They would have the means and authority for vigorous oversight, enforcement, investigations and punishment to weed out fraudulent immigration and citizenship consultants. There would be a sense of accountability.

Ahmed added that there are plans to implement a mandatory, rigorous course that can be pursued by those looking to obtain an immigration and citizenship consulting license, and put in place a better system for formal complains to be made against a consultant.

“I have seen the devastating effect that fraud has had on people and I am committed to holding immigration and citizenship consultants to the highest standard,” said Hussen.