With the rising need of immigrating to developed countries such as Canada, the importance of choosing a trusted, authorized immigration representative is strongly emphasized. Recently, the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) has issued a press release regarding the imposition of a one-year jail senctence and three years’ probation on Sergiy Gedeonov of Ottawa for his violations of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). As required by the aforementioned Act, a person must be a member of the ICCRC or authorized representative in order to provide immigration advice for compensation. Thus, customers interested in immigration to Canada should choose a reliable and fully qualified consultant who is in good standing of the ICCRC to ensure a safe process.
The ICCRC is designated by the Canadian government to be the national regulatory authority to protect consumers seeking and using immigration consultancing services. Before becoming a professional immigration consultant, candidate for an ICCRC membership must complete an education program recognized by the ICCRC at an appointed post-secondary institution, successfully pass an entry-to-practice exam and express good character and conduct. After receiving an ICCRC membership and a license to be a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC), every year members of the council must attend a series of compulsory Pratice Management Education courses and a minimum 16 hours of Continuing Professional Development. RCICs are also subjected to an annual Compliance Audit to assure that they follow the required ICCRC Regulations and its Code of Professional Ethics, as well as carrying Errors and Omissions insurance. The ICCRC also runs a strict complaints and disciplines process in order to protect the public from ill practices of its members. Further information about ICCRC may be found at www.iccrc-crcic.ca
*Mr. Yurick Vandal, President of YVAR International, is a licensed consultant by the ICCRC. Mr. Vandal’s ICCRC ID is R507370.