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  • 17 Jun 2017 9:14 AM | Muhammad Watto (Administrator)

    First of all, it is clear that there are grouping and politics involved in our profession. Members have dealt with CSIC - CMI (Which s was also originally supported by the CSIC) Vs. Regular members in the past, now we have ICCRC - CAPIC Vs. Members who want change and are sick and tired of current regime and system. It ii clear, the ICCRC and CAPIC are one just two different names/entities for only one reason and that is to charge double fees from the members. It is on record that in 2010, the Minister of Citizenship offered CAPIC to take over, which was the main bidder for the role in lieu of CSIC,  CAPIC said no, because they wanted to have a new corporation (the ICCRC ) so that they can charge licencing fee on top of CPD Education, in other words, when we consider paying $2000 as licensing fee to the ICCRC which is equaling to lawyers, actually it is around $2700 for CAPIC members plus other CAPIC events fees. This is a fact. Click here for the evidence. 

    • The Cover Letter (CAPIC to the Minister 2010)
    • The Call for Proposal (RFP) to become the regulator (2010) 
    • The CAPIC letter of recommendation for the ICCRC (kind of recommending itself) 
    • The Settlement Agreement (The big deal which was never fulfilled by the ICCRC)

    (Please log in and visit secure UCICA member area for more evidence, such as the ICCRC BOD meetings, the hidden financial spending with names of the payees, copies of secret memos, names of the investigators, members of the complaint and discipline committees, proof of conflict of interest and more) The UCICA member  will have full access to all evidence and can even download that for their record. 

    Members login to access evidence and more information


  • 16 Jun 2017 2:47 PM | Muhammad Watto (Administrator)

    "Canada’s current regulatory body that governs immigration and citizenship consultants and paralegals is unable to serve its purpose. As indicated in the recommendations, the Committee calls for a new regulatory framework governing immigration and citizenship consultants and paralegals that gives the government a stronger oversight role. The Committee also believes that strengthening the education requirements and introducing a tiered licensing system would consolidate the profession of consultants and paralegals. Further, the Committee believes the government should not penalize individuals who have mistakenly hired an unregistered representative or those who would like to lodge a complaint against unscrupulous consultants. Finally, the need for further study on what drives individuals to use third parties when going through the immigration or citizenship processes was made apparent throughout the study. ..

    RECOMMENDATION 1 That the Government of Canada create, by statute, an independent public-interest body empowered to regulate and govern the profession of immigration consultants; and that the mandate of the new regulatory body include: protection of the public by maintaining high ethical standards, so as to preserve the integrity of the system; and, protection of applicants from exploitation by maintaining high standards of competence and encouraging reasonable fees for services rendered. To avoid actual or apparent conflicts of interest, this new body should be accountable to a Minister other than the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. This would be a government regulated body.

    RECOMMENDATION 2 That the only persons permitted to act as authorized paid representatives of applicants for immigration, or citizenship, or persons claiming refugee status be lawyers who are members in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society; notaries who are members in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Québec; and immigration consultants admitted to the profession by the new regulatory body. 

    RECOMMENDATION 3 That the new regulatory body develop, establish and require high standards for admission including, but not limited to, the areas of training, education and standardized curriculum across the provinces and territories, to membership in the profession, develop a code of conduct and ethical standards, identify the scope of practice and areas of responsibility of immigration consultants, develop a program of errors and omissions insurance coverage and require members of the profession to maintain appropriate coverage. For clarity, registered immigration consultants shall be legally and ethically responsible for all activities undertaken in their name or on their behalf by employees or associates in their work on behalf of clients.

    RECOMMENDATION 4 That the new regulatory body set training, education and experience standards, more rigorous than current standards, for those seeking to become immigration consultants; and that the new regulatory body act as an accreditation agency for such programs of education as may be provided by educational institutions; and that the new regulatory body establish, offer and require appropriate continuing education for immigration consultants to maintain their membership in the profession.

    RECOMMENDATION 5 That the new regulatory body develop a system of tiered licensing in relation to the categories of services individual consultants are permitted to provide, the highest level restricted to those members of the profession sufficiently capable and experienced to conduct litigation before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. The licensing requirements would be based on education, practical training and experience.

    RECOMMENDATION 6 That the new regulatory body be empowered to create mechanisms for investigating and dealing with complaints and disciplinary matters where an immigration consultant may have failed to meet standards of learning, professional competence or conduct; and that the new regulatory body be empowered to investigate and prosecute persons who provide immigration consulting services to the public for payment without having been admitted to the profession by the new regulatory body. For these purposes, the new regulatory body should be provided with investigative and disciplinary powers similar to those exercised by Canadian provincial and territorial law societies. Further, that the new regulatory body shall be authorized and encouraged to engage in public education about the profession."

    Original Copy from the Parliament 
  • 14 Jun 2017 2:45 PM | Muhammad Watto (Administrator)

    I am positive you Kim K.C. Ly will delete this comment when you will read this. If you do that I will create a new article of my own on my profile and share with members with complete evidence: Please answer following

    -How can you and your colleagues at CAPIC ACCPI claim such status for the ICCRC to gain more powers so that you may use the same to punish members when they raise questions about the ICCRC's transparency, accountability, and self-interest? which may allow the ICCRC and the CAPIC ACCPI to protect their own interest rather public and also make more money? 

    You individually and then later under the command of Rhonda Williams with 25 other CAPIC including Erica Stanley, members and chapter designate filed a Disciplinary complaint against Me and Ryan R Dean because we were asking a question to the ICCRC board on their policies and missing $600K from the financial report. Which was approved with your vote? The complaint number is File No. CD.2016. 359.AA, File No. CD.2016.393.AA date filed November 15, 2016, right after AGM on November 13, 2017.

    The group complaint filed by following members who are all CAPIC members and the ICCRC board director and their hard-core friends responsible for this mess in our profession:    

    Click here for complete evidence and follow up
  • 11 Jun 2017 10:34 AM | Muhammad Watto (Administrator)

    “Under a good administration, the Nile gains on the desert. Under a bad one, the desert gains on the Nile.” ― Napoléon Bonaparte,

      RCIC Vs. Lawyer Membership Fees Comparison

    Members have made several demands that ICCRC should lower its fees to less than Lawyers and even Ontario Paralegals due to the fact that we have only two areas of law to cover. And moreover, several provinces do not even consider the ICCRC license valid to practice Immigration law under PNP or federal programs without completing the further registration process. All of ICCRC Board of Directors including One of the ICCRC's Parent company/ major stakeholder 

    • Lawyer's Licensing Fee = $2000 PY
    • RCIC Licensing Fee - $2000 PY
    • Layers practice scope limit = Unlimited
    • RCIC ?   Not Even 5%

    Click here for full article with comparison chart


  • 9 Jun 2017 2:36 PM | Muhammad Watto (Administrator)

    MINUTES of the Members Meeting June 3, 2017

    Reasons and objectives of the meeting on June 3, 2017, at 4.30 PM EST

    • Why we need an investigation against the Council?
    • What is a class action lawsuit (The brief overview of the law)?
    • Why do you need to join this process at this time?
    • What if you don’t join the process at this time?
    • Can an SGM (Special general meeting save the ICCRC now)?
    • Why we need a Class Action Law Suit and how much amount we are talking about? 1 Million, 10 Million or more or other remedies?
    • What will be a share for the person joining and how to recover?
    • Are members legally protected if joining the action? 

    Designated Legal Counsel attended this meeting to share the evidence and the legality of the investigation process followed by the legal remedies and possibility and implications of the class action lawsuit moving forward.

    Over 670 members have attended June 3, 2017, meeting and shared their thoughts and feedback openly.

    If you have not attended this meeting on June 3, 2017, you have an opportunity to access the recorded minutes/discussion of this meeting now.   

    If you are UCICA member, simply click here on this link and access the secure page to share your comments and thoughts before next meeting by June 20, 2017, when the details of the final legal action will be shared with members followed by filing in the court of law.

    You can also openly share your thoughts and feed back via secure blog page, available to the member'a secure blog post area (Member login required).


  • 4 Jun 2017 10:10 PM | UCICA Manager (Administrator)

    "More broadly, the fact that there even needs to be an industry suggests there are a lot of improvements that could be had within the actual department in terms of ease, efficacy of approaching the Canadian immigration system," she said.

    Rempel said testimony about significant governance problems with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), which was established in 2011 to oversee registered consultants, raised questions about its ability to fulfil its mandate. 

    Full study at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/immigration-ghost-consultants-study-1.4141280


  • 4 Jun 2017 10:07 PM | UCICA Manager (Administrator)

    Use the following link for full story:

    "I am deeply, deeply concerned about the status of operations and governance with the board (of directors) right now," said Conservative MP Michelle Rempel, a member of the Commons immigration committee that has been looking into the immigration consultant industry.

    When board representatives appeared before the committee last month, Rempel upbraided them for allowing internal disputes to spill over into their professional work, labelling one letter submitted to the committee by the board of directors "garbage" that was "deeply disappointing."

    ICCRC board chair Christopher Daw told committee members in March that the council "is fulfilling its mandate to protect consumer by effectively regulating the immigration and citizenship consulting profession."

    No one from the ICCRC's executive would agree to an interview, but acting president and CEO Lawrence Barker did respond to written questions.


    http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/immigration-consultants-regulator-crisis-1.4124560

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