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Old Sep 11th 2002, 7:25 am
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Karen Gordon
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Wednesday » September 11 » 2002

Immigration consultants assailed Coderre to crack down on disreputable operators

Peter O'Neil Vancouver Sun - Wednesday, September 11, 2002


OTTAWA -- The federal government will crack down on "vulture" immigration consultants
and possibly open a new visa office in China to combat soaring immigration backlogs,
Immigration Minister Denis Coderre said Tuesday.

Coderre said he is about to complete the creation of a Canadian advisory committee
that will come up with a plan, including formal rules, to regulate the immigration
consultant industry in Canada and to stymie the activities of unscrupulous
operators abroad.

He also said in an interview he hopes to establish a new visa office in Guangzhou,
adding to the existing missions that handle visa and visitor applications in Beijing,
Hong Kong and Shanghai.

But Coderre, who just completed his first visit to China, said he has no miracle
solutions to ease congestion.

"You have 200 officials in a country of 1.2 billion people. Just in certain cities
you have more people in that region than the total population of Canada," he said.

"It's China. You can close every other office in the world and focus there and you
would still have an inventory backlog. You have to take things in perspective."

Documents obtained through access to information last week disclosed that backlogs
were soaring at high-volume missions like those in Beijing and Hong Kong. The
documents also reported widespread fraud found in applications received at those two
missions and at the Canadian high commission in New Delhi.

A handful of sleazy consultants in Hong Kong were blamed for "pervasive, organized
and systematic" fraud found in applications at that mission, according to one
internal analysis.

"In 2003, I'm telling you, there will be regulation," Coderre said Tuesday.

"We will make sure that people [operating in Canada] understand that there will be
licensing, there will be some specific rules with teeth, and immigration consultants
will have to be very careful."

With no regulations currently in place, any Canadian can describe him or herself as
an immigration consultant and charge a fee. While there are many legitimate
operations, many applicants have complained that they wasted or were cheated out of
their money.

While Canada's ability to control the activities of consultants abroad is limited,
Coderre said the government will attempt to make sure prospective immigrants and
visitors are directed to reputable consultants. Ottawa will also work with local
authorities to stymie the activities of crooked consultants.

"We will take care of it. I was pretty blunt about it when I went to Hong
Kong," he said.

"You have a bunch of vultures who are only there . . . to use the hopes and dreams of
the people to make money [using] unethical procedures.

"Well, that's it. No more."

He said Chinese authorities have promised to cooperate with Canada in discouraging
the exploitation of applicants by consultants, some of whom take money from clients
then close shop and leave with the cash.

Canada says fraudulent applications are found in many high-volume missions.

"It's all over the world. It's not a China matter," Coderre said.

A Canadian official said Tuesday no decision has been made on whether to open a visa
office in Guangzhou.

Coderre said Ottawa wants to improve efficiency and is still considering a plan to
centralize within Canada some administrative and processing functions now being done
at foreign posts.
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Old Sep 11th 2002, 9:23 am
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Jim Humphries
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Previous Immigration Ministers have made the same statements concerning licensing
without action from the department being forthcoming. Both the Organizataion of
Professional Immigration Consulants and the Association of Immigration Counsel have
had a common structure in place for several years now designed to facilitate
licensing but the department itself has failed to act. Hopefully the "new sheriff"
will kick some *ss and get some action at last. Jim Humphries, former visa officer
Karen Gordon wrote:
    > Wednesday » September 11 » 2002
    > Immigration consultants assailed Coderre to crack down on disreputable operators
    > Peter O'Neil Vancouver Sun - Wednesday, September 11, 2002
    > OTTAWA -- The federal government will crack down on "vulture" immigration
    > consultants and possibly open a new visa office in China to combat soaring
    > immigration backlogs, Immigration Minister Denis Coderre said Tuesday.
    > Coderre said he is about to complete the creation of a Canadian advisory committee
    > that will come up with a plan, including formal rules, to regulate the immigration
    > consultant industry in Canada and to stymie the activities of unscrupulous
    > operators abroad.
    > He also said in an interview he hopes to establish a new visa office in Guangzhou,
    > adding to the existing missions that handle visa and visitor applications in
    > Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
    > But Coderre, who just completed his first visit to China, said he has no miracle
    > solutions to ease congestion.
    > "You have 200 officials in a country of 1.2 billion people. Just in certain cities
    > you have more people in that region than the total population of Canada," he said.
    > "It's China. You can close every other office in the world and focus there and you
    > would still have an inventory backlog. You have to take things in perspective."
    > Documents obtained through access to information last week disclosed that backlogs
    > were soaring at high-volume missions like those in Beijing and Hong Kong. The
    > documents also reported widespread fraud found in applications received at those
    > two missions and at the Canadian high commission in New Delhi.
    > A handful of sleazy consultants in Hong Kong were blamed for "pervasive, organized
    > and systematic" fraud found in applications at that mission, according to one
    > internal analysis.
    > "In 2003, I'm telling you, there will be regulation," Coderre said Tuesday.
    > "We will make sure that people [operating in Canada] understand that there will be
    > licensing, there will be some specific rules with teeth, and immigration
    > consultants will have to be very careful."
    > With no regulations currently in place, any Canadian can describe him or herself as
    > an immigration consultant and charge a fee. While there are many legitimate
    > operations, many applicants have complained that they wasted or were cheated out of
    > their money.
    > While Canada's ability to control the activities of consultants abroad is limited,
    > Coderre said the government will attempt to make sure prospective immigrants and
    > visitors are directed to reputable consultants. Ottawa will also work with local
    > authorities to stymie the activities of crooked consultants.
    > "We will take care of it. I was pretty blunt about it when I went to Hong Kong,"
    > he said.
    > "You have a bunch of vultures who are only there . . . to use the hopes and dreams
    > of the people to make money [using] unethical procedures.
    > "Well, that's it. No more."
    > He said Chinese authorities have promised to cooperate with Canada in discouraging
    > the exploitation of applicants by consultants, some of whom take money from clients
    > then close shop and leave with the cash.
    > Canada says fraudulent applications are found in many high-volume missions.
    > "It's all over the world. It's not a China matter," Coderre said.
    > A Canadian official said Tuesday no decision has been made on whether to open a
    > visa office in Guangzhou.
    > Coderre said Ottawa wants to improve efficiency and is still considering a plan to
    > centralize within Canada some administrative and processing functions now being
    > done at foreign posts.
    > __________________________________________________ _______________________
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Old Sep 12th 2002, 5:49 am
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For ten years OPIC has been pushing the government for licensing and has played a
significant role in defining how it could be done, what the requirements would be and
what the rules would be.

OPIC has had ongoing meetings with the department to facilitate the processs. The
department, from time to time, has been less willing to nail down the details and put
licensing in place.

Now, with Mangat, the new rules, the new minister, perhaps now there will finally be
some resolution.

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"Karen Gordon" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Wednesday » September 11 » 2002
    > Immigration consultants assailed Coderre to crack down on disreputable operators
    > Peter O'Neil Vancouver Sun - Wednesday, September 11, 2002
    > OTTAWA -- The federal government will crack down on "vulture" immigration
    > consultants and possibly open a new visa office in China to combat soaring
    > immigration backlogs, Immigration Minister Denis Coderre said Tuesday.
    > Coderre said he is about to complete the creation of a Canadian advisory committee
    > that will come up with a plan, including formal rules, to regulate the immigration
    > consultant industry in Canada and to stymie the activities of unscrupulous
    > operators abroad.
    > He also said in an interview he hopes to establish a new visa office in Guangzhou,
    > adding to the existing missions that handle visa and visitor applications in
    > Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
    > But Coderre, who just completed his first visit to China, said he has no miracle
    > solutions to ease congestion.
    > "You have 200 officials in a country of 1.2 billion people. Just in certain cities
    > you have more people in that region than the total population of Canada," he said.
    > "It's China. You can close every other office in the world and focus there and you
    > would still have an inventory backlog. You have to take things in perspective."
    > Documents obtained through access to information last week disclosed that backlogs
    > were soaring at high-volume missions like those in Beijing and Hong Kong. The
    > documents also reported widespread fraud found in applications received at those
    > two missions and at the Canadian high commission in New Delhi.
    > A handful of sleazy consultants in Hong Kong were blamed for "pervasive, organized
    > and systematic" fraud found in applications at that mission, according to one
    > internal analysis.
    > "In 2003, I'm telling you, there will be regulation," Coderre said
Tuesday.
    > "We will make sure that people [operating in Canada] understand that there will be
    > licensing, there will be some specific rules with teeth, and immigration
    > consultants will have to be very careful."
    > With no regulations currently in place, any Canadian can describe him or herself as
    > an immigration consultant and charge a fee. While there are many legitimate
    > operations, many applicants have complained that they wasted or were cheated out of
    > their money.
    > While Canada's ability to control the activities of consultants abroad is limited,
    > Coderre said the government will attempt to make sure prospective immigrants and
    > visitors are directed to reputable consultants. Ottawa will also work with local
    > authorities to stymie the activities of crooked consultants.
    > "We will take care of it. I was pretty blunt about it when I went to Hong Kong,"
    > he said.
    > "You have a bunch of vultures who are only there . . . to use the hopes and dreams
    > of the people to make money [using] unethical procedures.
    > "Well, that's it. No more."
    > He said Chinese authorities have promised to cooperate with Canada in discouraging
    > the exploitation of applicants by consultants, some of whom take money from clients
    > then close shop and leave with the cash.
    > Canada says fraudulent applications are found in many high-volume
missions.
    > "It's all over the world. It's not a China matter," Coderre said.
    > A Canadian official said Tuesday no decision has been made on whether to open a
    > visa office in Guangzhou.
    > Coderre said Ottawa wants to improve efficiency and is still considering a plan to
    > centralize within Canada some administrative and processing functions now being
    > done at foreign posts.
    > __________________________________________________ _______________________
    > --
    > __________________________________________________ ________
    > 'If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention'
 

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