April 07, 2011
NEWSLETTER

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AMENDMENTS TO THE REGULATION

Quebec Immigration: Amendments to the Regulation Respecting the Selection of Foreign Nationals (the "Regulation")

Further to the amendments presented in the Gazette Officielle du Québec, as of April 1, 2011, a CSQ given to a foreign national in the economic class will not be obsolete (or lapsed) if the foreign national has not filed its application for a permanent resident within twelve (12) months of the date of issuance of the certificate.

The changes have already been adopted by the MICC.

QUALIFICATION EXAM QUEBEC CONSULTANT

Qualification Exam To Become A Recognized Immigration Consultant In Quebec

Further to our previous Newsletter (Regulation on Immigration Consultants Practicing in Quebec) we would like to advise you that the MICC has announced further details in regards to the qualification exam to become a recognized immigrant consultant in Quebec.

The qualification exam encompass on the following laws and regulations:

Exam date: April 30th, 2011, at 1:00 pm in Montreal

Only those who are recognized consultants (on the registry list) or consultants who have already submitted their application to become a recognized immigration consultant in Quebec AND have been requested by the MICC to write the qualification exam are eligible to register for it. 

If you are eligible to write the exam and wish to do so on April 30, 2011 you have until April 15, 2011 to register for the exam. Details are available at the address below (for the time being, the information is available only in French but has been mostly translated in the present newsletter):
http://www.micc.gouv.qc.ca/fr/dossiers/reglementation-consultants/examen.html

How to Register:

You can register online at:
http://www.micc.gouv.qc.ca/fr/dossiers/reglementation-consultants/formulaire-examen.html

Please note that the registration is only available in French, therefore for your convenience we have translated the webpage in English just for your reference, please click here.

(PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION FORM BUT JUST A TOOL TO HELP YOU FILL OUT THE REGISTRATION FORM AT: http://www.micc.gouv.qc.ca/fr/dossiers/reglementation-consultants/formulaire-examen.html).

Important things to take note of prior to writing the qualification exam:

  • You must bring an acceptable photo ID to the exam, such as: Canadian passport, Canadian citizenship card, permanent resident card, provincial or territorial photo health card and driver's license (with photo);
  • You must bring a confirmation of your registration for writing the exam;
  • The exam will last one hour and a half (1 1/2);
  • There is no fee to write the exam;
  • The exam is in French (unless the English version is requested at the time of the registration to write the exam);
  • No document(s) or reference material(s) (laws, regulations, etc.) are allowed during the exam
  • All electronic devices such as but not limited to: computers, programmable calculators, communication devices (PDAs, cell phones, etc.) are strictly forbidden in the exam;
  • Recognized consultants (as per the updated registry list on MICC's website) who do not pass the exam will have a chance to rewrite the exam at a future date;
  • Unrecognized consultants who do not pass the exam will have to re-apply to MICC for recognition prior to re-writing the exam once again.
LEGISLATION RECEIVES ROYAL ASSENT

Federal Immigration: Legislation Targeting Crooked Immigration Consultants Receives Royal Assent

On March 23, 2011, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, launched a press release indicating that Bill C-35, originally introduced as the Cracking Down on Crooked Consultants Act, has now received Royal Assent and is expected to come into force in the coming months.

"The Act strengthens the rules governing those who charge a fee for immigration advice or representation; closes certain loopholes; increases penalties for unauthorized representation; and allows for more government oversight in order to improve the way in which immigration consultants are regulated.

In response to issues raised by stakeholders and members of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration, amendments to the Bill were made during the Committee's study of Bill C-35. Among key amendments are measures to:

  • Double maximum fines for the offence of providing unauthorized immigration advice from $50,000 to $100,000 and summary convictions from $10,000 to $20,000;
  • Amend the offence provision to capture both direct and indirect representation and advice; and
  • Recognize paralegals regulated by a Law Society as being exempted from prohibition on providing representation and advice.

Once in force, the Act will impose penalties on unauthorized representatives who provide, or offer to provide, advice or representation for a fee, at any stage of an immigration application of proceeding. This includes the period before a proceeding begins or an application is submitted. In addition, the legislation authorizes the disclosure of information on the ethical or professional conduct of an immigration consultant to those responsible for governing or investigating that conduct."

We invite you to read the complete article.

FRAUD AGAINST IMMIGRANTS

Fraud Against Immigrants Target Of New Agency

On March 18, 2011, it was announced that the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (the "ICCRC") is being proposed as a new regulatory body to oversee immigration consultants. The ICCRC will be charged with ensuring consultants are properly licensed and policed.

Proposed recognition of the ICCRC as regulator must follow a regulatory process before coming into force. Until that time, the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants remains the regulator.

Details will be available on the CIC website.

INDUSTRIAL ALLIANCE SECURITIES BEIJIING

We are pleased to announce that our office in Beijing has moved to the following address:
 
Address: Room 702, Tower C, Millennium Plaza, No. 18 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100022, China
Tel: 86-10-65157668, 65158238
Fax: 86-10-65158020

Hope you have chance to visit our new office.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our offices.

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