October 21, 2010
NEWSLETTER

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REGULATION IMPACTS ON CONSULTANTS

Regulation impacts on immigration consultants practicing in Quebec

Further to our Newsletter dated July 9, 2010, please see below for more information regarding immigrant consultants practicing in Quebec.

As of February 2, 2011, only members of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) who are registered with the government of Quebec (between November 4, 2010 and before February 2, 2011) will be permitted to offer for a fee, consulting services (consult, advise or represent) related to Quebec immigration processes, to the exception of Quebec lawyers, notaries and those with a special authorization under the Professional Code (R.S.Q. c. C-26).

I AM ALREADY A CSIC MEMBER

I am already a CSIC member and I wish to practice Quebec immigration

Consultants who already hold CSIC membership must register as consultants with Immigration et Communautés culturelles Québec (available in French only) and submit a photocopy of their CSIC membership certificate by February 2, 2011. Members who cannot locate their membership certificate must obtain a Member in Good Standing Letter from CSIC.

I AM NOT A CSIC MEMBER

I am not a CSIC member but I wish to practice Quebec immigration

There are eight steps to becoming a CSIC member. Once membership has been obtained consultants must submit proof of their membership to Immigration et Communautés culturelles Québec:

  1. Apply for membership and pay application fee
  2. Enroll in an accredited immigration practitioner course
  3. Submit CSIC-approved language test result
  4. Complete the pre-admission course
  5. Complete CSIC-approved immigration practitioner course
  6. Pass the Full Membership Exam
  7. Pay membership fees
  8. Obtain membership
  9. Submit proof of membership to MICC
For further details please refer to the CSIC's website at: https://www.csic-scci.ca/content/quebec-transition

HOW TO REGISTER WITH THE MICC

How to register with the MICC as an immigration consultant

  • Send the application for Accreditation (Demande de reconnaissance ou de renouvellement de reconnaissance pour agir à titre de consultants en immigration) by the MICC (available November 4, 2010);
  • Pay an application fee of one thousand Canadian dollars (CAD$1,000) valid for two years;
  • Provide proof that the business (sole proprietor, company, partnership, etc.) operated by the immigration consultant is registered with Enterprise Register (Registre des entreprises individuelles, des sociétés et des personnes morales) or that the business has an establishment in Quebec;
  • Provide proof you are a CSIC member (either by providing a copy of the membership certificate or by a letter of Good Standing);
  • Must prove their proficiency in French (additional 24 months after obtaining accreditation to meet the French language requirement) (the Language standards will be available soon); and
  • Pass the Quebec exam on immigration rules (additional 12 months after obtaining accreditation to pass Quebec exam on immigration).

RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP

How to renew your membership with the MICC

To renew your membership with the MICC, you will need to submit the application form (Demande de reconnaissance ou de renouvellement de reconnaissance pour agir à titre de consultants en immigration) (available November 4, 2010) with the fee payment of one thousand Canadian dollars (CAD $1,000), sixty (60) days prior to the expiration of your membership. The membership will be renewed if you can prove,

  • That the company is registered with the Enterprise register or has an establishment in Quebec;
  • You are still a member in good standing of  CSIC; and
  • Your accreditation has not been suspended or revoked.
For further information how to register please click here (available in French only).

INDUSTRIAL ALLIANCE SECURITIES' ROLE

We will advise at a later time when more is known about the financial intermediary's role and responsibilities in regards to the immigrant investor's application.

We will keep you informed of any new developments.

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