Thursday, 20 March 2008

The unethical and out of control world of Canada's immigration consultants.

The whole story can be read here care of the Toronto Star.

Immigration consultant guilty of misconduct

Truck driver clients didn't get Canadian jobs
Mar 20, 2008 04:30 AM
Nicholas Keung
IMMIGRATION/DIVERSITY REPORTER


A Toronto immigration consultant has been found guilty of professional misconduct for failing to secure jobs for 24 Korean truck drivers she helped bring to Canada along with an immigration-consulting firm in Seoul.

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In their complaints, the drivers said they each paid thousands of dollars to the unregulated recruiter in Seoul, who teamed up with Simao to find them Canadian employment.

The drivers said they were told they would earn $60,000 a year and could expect to get Canadian permanent residency after getting a work permit. However, the jobs evaporated because their English was not up to par.

The woman was found guilty because she was exposed by the Toronto Star investigation on corrupt immigration consultants which you can read here if you haven't read it already. It's a good piece however they paint the immigrants as hapless victims of a corrupt system when in fact many immigrants are willing participants when if comes to defrauding the Canadian immigration and refugee systems. As for the immigration consultant in question the article doesn't make clear what punishment will be meted out. One thing that is clear is if you see one corrupt immigration consultant there's a whole lot more you're not seeing which is why I think this woman is just a scapegoat and the disciplinary council is for show. Immigration consultants are unregulated and unlicensed and thus anybody can be one. Immigration consultants are one of the reasons our immigration system is a mess. Living like parasites off the immigration industry immigration consultancy is plagued with corruption, incompetency, and unethical behaviour.

1 comment:

Lucifer's taxi said...

What do you call a boatload of 'immigration consultants' on the bottom of Lake Ontario?
ans: a good start