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Global hr forum2008-john ryan-contribution of certified immigration consultants to canada's immigration system Global hr forum2008-john ryan-contribution of certified immigration consultants to canada's immigration system Presentation Transcript

  • CONTRIBUTION OF CERTIFIED IMMIGRATION CONSULTANTS TO CANADA’S IMMIGRATION SYSTEM By John P. Ryan, CSJ, CCIC, ICD.D On the occasion of the Global Human Resources Forum Seoul, South Korea November 6, 2008
  • Introduction • Canada faces unique HR challenges: – By 2030, the only growth in Canada’s population will come from immigration – An aging population – Personnel shortages
  • Overview 1. Immigrating to Canada 2. Contributions of Certified Immigration Consultants 3. Canadian regulatory experience 4. Canada’s newest profession 5. International cooperation
  • Immigrating to Canada • 270,000 immigrants each year from – China (41%) – India (11.6%) – The Philippines (7%) – Pakistan (5.2%) – South Korea (3.2%) (between 2001-2006)
  • Immigrating to Canada • Over half are represented by paid counsel • By law, in Canada, since 2004, paid counsel must be a member of CSIC, a lawyer or notary
  • Certified Consultants • Certified immigration consultants contribute by: – Attracting qualified, skilled immigrants to fill HR needs – Identifying qualified and skilled people – Assisting immigrants in navigating the system – Handling paperwork upon arrival – Helping with settlement and integration
  • The Process • We help clients with what can be a complicated process: – Several government organizations involved in the immigration system – Clients may not understand the different roles of all the players – Clients may be unfamiliar with Canada’s languages and laws – May require help with forms
  • Developing the System • We assist in the development of the Canadian immigration system • Recommendations to governments on policies and program management • Continue to make progress on regulating immigration consulting
  • Regulatory Experience • No set standards before 2004 • No protection for consumers of services • Constant abuse • Unscrupulous consultants without training or experience
  • Changes in 2004 • CSIC the result of a unique partnership and changes in Canadian law in 2004 • CSIC independent, self regulating • Protection through regulation • Fair, judicious, enforceable regulations • Standards, accreditation, education
  • CSIC Accomplishments • A code of professional conduct • A complaint, discipline, hearing mechanism • Advertising rules • Liability insurance • IMMFUND our compensation fund • Mandatory continuing education program • An effective accreditation process
  • Accreditation Process • Competency-based process: – Trained and educated – Competent – Of good character – Proficient in one of our official languages • Held to our rules and code of conduct • Continuing professional development
  • Our Newest Profession • A profession growing in number and importance • CSIC has 1,419 certified immigration consultants • Approved 284 new members this year • 680 people studying to become immigration practitioners
  • Challenges • “Grand parenting” – bringing together practitioners under new and common codes, rules and principles • Detractors and people who do not welcome higher standards • Court challenges
  • Ghost Consulting • Rogue immigration consultants • Damage credibility of the profession • Risk for consumers • Outside of our purview but subject to the law and stiff penalties
  • Ghost Consulting • Working with government to eliminate ghost consultants • Legislation now affords us global jurisdiction • Embassies can apply our legislation to extend consumer protection
  • International Cooperation • CSIC reaches beyond our borders • We work with other national regulators and professionals • Share best practices and advance common issues and interests • Reach out to world leaders and organizations
  • Common Challenges • Immigration issues are international by nature • Many countries have similar challenges • Share a commitment to protecting people from unscrupulous operators
  • Conclusion John P. Ryan jryan@csic-scci.ca Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants 390 Bay Street, Suite 1600, Toronto, ON Canada M5H 2Y2