A recent Immigration Consultant was sitting in front of his/her computer and was very sad:
The consultant stated I’m poor, unhappy, I find it difficult to make any money as a regulated immigration consultant. The experienced RCIC’s don’t understand me, my regulatory body is hurting me by admitting more and more members to compete against me. ICCRC is deaf to my concerns, I can’t afford an office.
I know that any promotional material must have my name and the ICCRC logo on each advertisement, but that ICCRC logo does not feed my family. Nobody reads newspapers anymore and advertising on Google is expensive.
ICCRC keeps giving me e-mails saying pay this and don’t forget to do this, make sure you have 16 CPD credits each year. All I’ve been educated to do is fill in immigration applications and I can read the guide on the government’s website. Why do I have to listen to a video for $60.00 for two hours of someone else reading me the same guide?
ICCRC keeps saying don’t forget about your client account you may be audited. Why can’t they understand when you submit a client’s application it can take months and years for your client to complete the process. How does one survive with funds sitting in a bank account you can’t touch when you have bills to pay? That would be okay if I had six or seven hundred clients.
ICCRC claims the reason I’m not making any money is because of Ghost Consultant’s yet I have never seen one in my town. I have met plenty of brand-new regulated immigration consultants who fees are ¼ of what mine are. I can’t afford to lower my fees anymore.
I feel so empty, dejected, demoralized, crushed that I ever entered this immigration business. Joining ICCRC after I had already paid that college thousands then paying ICCRC thousands each year and receiving nothing in return makes me want to scream. I expected to be respected because I’m regulated but having a membership certificate brings me not one client. Like a fool I also joined CAPIC because I thought they were a special, but they just cost me more and have not helped me retain any clients either.
Finally, the government has acted on some of the recommendations of the Standing Committee Starting Again: Improving Government Oversight of Immigration Consultants by creating a new regulatory body.
- It will establish a fund to compensate victims,
- A more robust complaint committee,
- A code of conduct established by the Minister,
- A longer more intense educational component.
All things ICCRC could have had done better in the last seven years,
Queens University will have a 66-week course starting in late 2021. Their course will have twelve weeks of instructions on representing client’s at immigration tribunals.
This makes me totally dejected because I have paid ICCRC for three years and now new members will be trained in the immigration tribunal business to compete against me! I don’t represent client’s at tribunals because ICCRC never educated me how.
After both ICCRC and CAPIC executives proved their incompetence at the #CIMM they both want me to support ICCRC position to continue as my regulator.
WHY SHOULD I?
Just then he/she saw a post on Linkedin from a senior Immigration Consultant. ⠀
Do you want me to help you transition to a better regulator? To a federal regulator, where will you be finally respected by consumers?
– how, – said the recent consultant. – it’s impossible –
ICCRC & CAPIC claim it is all but been decided that ICCRC will continue to be the new regulatory body.
Do you actually believe what they claim? We get to decide by voting at the AGM, I’ll tell you the truth.
The Minister has the authority to designate anybody to be our regulator and there is an election in October that may change things drastically,
- IRPA 91 (5)The Minister may, by regulation, designate a body whose members in good standing may represent or advise a person for consideration — or offer to do so — in connection with the submission of an expression of interest under subsection 10.1(3) or a proceeding or application under this Act.
The media reported that the Immigration Minister said
- “It will replace the existing Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), the current industry self-regulator that has been criticized as ineffective in tackling unethical consultants exploiting new immigrants.” https://ipolitics.ca/2019/04/09/budget-bill-establishes-new-body-to-regulate-immigration-consultants/
recent consultant. – I am afraid of the future.
– don’t worry, the senior Immigration Consultant said. – you’re not alone there are far more frustrated with ICCRC then want them to continue as our regulator, there is a brighter future ahead where all Immigration Consultants will be respected. All we need to do is vote NO!
– CAPIC says it will cost me more, membership dues will increase, the government has no money to establish their own regulatory body.
The government of Canada has no money! LOL
– don’t worry, – I will help you to make the transition and understand the truth.
Immigration Consultants joined together and got rid of CSIC and they can get rid of ICCRC.
The government has already decided we will have a new regulator because ICCRC failed. ⠀
The government needs all the self-employed regulated consultants to pay taxes.
Consultants provide consumers of immigration advice access to justice.
It is more likely our dues will be decreased;
no regulatory body need $12.1 million a year to survive.
The government has already declared there will be a new regulatory body the only issue is. do you want ICCRC to have anything to do with regulating you after how they have treated you?