2017 Fraud Prevention Month Campaign Targets Audiences in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia

BURLINGTON, March 1, 2017 – The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) is launching a worldwide multilingual campaign to encourage the public to take extra measures to ensure that individuals offering immigration and citizenship assistance are authorized. March is Fraud Prevention Month in Canada, and 2017 marks ICCRC’s fourth consecutive annual campaign.

“Our 2017 theme is ‘Not Licensed? Not Legal!’ and this year we are truly going global,” said Lawrence Barker, Acting President and CEO of ICCRC. “In addition to reaching out to our audiences across Canada, our messages will be viewed by millions in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Punjabi and Mandarin throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.”

ICCRC is the national regulatory body that governs Canadian immigration and citizenship consultants as well as international student advisors. A member of Canada’s Fraud Prevention Forum, the Council joins the federal Competition Bureau and hundreds of businesses and organizations to warn consumers of fraud. ICCRC recommends that people who seek immigration or citizenship advice visit the “Find an Immigration Professional” page on its website (www.iccrccrcic.ca) to determine whether an immigration consultant is a lawful practitioner. Anyone not authorized should be reported to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Border Watch Toll-Free Line at 1-888-502-9060.

Federal law requires anyone providing Canadian immigration or citizenship advice for a fee or other consideration must be a member in good standing of a provincial or territorial law society (a lawyer or an authorized paralegal in Ontario), the Chambre des notaires du Québec, or ICCRC. Anyone providing any immigration or citizenship services, who is not a member of one of these organizations, is acting in contravention of the law and should be reported. Punishment can include a fine of up to $100,000, and/or imprisonment up to two years.


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