The Director of Communications at the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), Daniel Roukema, has been awarded with the 2016 Consumer Protection Award from the American Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulations (CLEAR). This award perceives that the ICCRC effectively enhances the Canadian immigration method for individuals who hold the services of an approved Canadian immigration delegate.
People setting up a Canadian migration application may hold an accredited immigration lawyer or expert to present their case. As per Canadian law, all those who receive payment in return for assistance with immigration applications must be approved to do as such.
- Lawyers or notaries have to be members of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society, or the Chambre des notaires du Quebec
- Citizenship or immigration consultants must be a member or the ICCRC
- Exclusive to Ontario, paralegals must be members of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
ICCRC is assigned by the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC, once known as CIC) and the Immigration and Refugees Protection Act (IRPA) to direct and approve citizenship and immigration consultants. This includes guaranteeing that consultants adhere to the ICCRC’s code of ethics, and that consumer rights are secured. ICCRC also regulates worldwide student consultants.
In recent years, various instances of immigration extortion have made the news. Connecting with an unapproved immigration representative may be unsafe for an individual’s immigration application. Illicit delegates present fake job offers, overcharge for services, or give incorrect or misdirecting advice about the immigration procedure. The dangers to the prospective immigrant may include a rejected application. In extreme cases, proposed foreigners risk being banned from applying to Canadian immigration programs for a long time, up to five years, if the candidate has given false or deceiving documents or information.
Through a structure of disciplinary action and an anonymous complaints service, ICCRC screens its members (known as Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants, or RCICs) to guarantee that immigration advisors are not exploiting foreign nationals wishing to move to Canada.
Roukema has been credited with presenting an effective anonymous whistleblowing network for individuals to report people or associations who give immigration counseling administrations unlawfully. Also, under his initiative, the ICCRC has driven a popular social media campaign to bring issues to light about the significance of selecting an approved immigration delegate. Accordingly, reports of potential fraud and potential fake representatives have increased. ICCRC passes these reports on to Canadian law enforcement which is responsible for investigating such allegations.