Canada To Bring In New Laws To Deal With Fraudulent, Exploitative And Greedy Immigration And Citizenship Consultants

The new legislation would make the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants the official watchdog of consultants across the country and give them both the powers and tools they need for vigorous oversight, enforcement, investigations and punishment to root out fraudulent immigration and citizenship consultants and hold them accountable for their actions. The Globe and Mail recently exposed one Indo-Canadian immigration consultant who has made millions from this supposedly legal racket of charging thousands of dollars from would be immigrants and then not delivering on his promises. The Globe wrote that according to his former assistant, Kuldeep Bansal, who recently purchased a $11 million dollars Golf Course property in North Delta in hopes of putting a huge banquet hall there, preyed upon the weak and “had them by the necks.” The new law is designed to deal with people like Bansal and put an end to the money gravy train that has made Bansal and many other immigration consultants in the South Asian and other communities multi-millionaires.

By PD Raj – Senior Reporter – DESIBUZZCanada

SURREY — Following recent stories of extreme exploitation of vulnerable immigrants being taken for all their money by shady immigration consultants, including a large number from the South Asian community who are making themselves filthy rich on the backs of those looking for permanent residency in Canada, the Canadian government has brought in new legislation to deal with immigration and citizenship consultants.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen announced Wednesday morning that new rules are being brought in to deal with rogue consultants making millions of dollars from exploiting would be immigrants to Canada.

“Our government is taking decisive action to hold immigration and citizenship consultants to a much higher standard as we do with other professions, such as lawyers and doctors,” Hussen said in a press release.

“By introducing new legislation, we are going to protect Canadians, prospective newcomers and good-standing immigration and citizenship consultants against the fraudulent consultants who are preying on the most vulnerable.”

The new legislation would make the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants the official watchdog of consultants across the country and give them both the powers and tools they need for vigorous oversight, enforcement, investigations and punishment to root out fraudulent immigration and citizenship consultants and hold them accountable for their actions.

“In addition, we will work with the College to: implement a mandatory and robust course for those wishing to obtain an immigration and citizenship consulting license; introduce transparency on fees; and provide a better system for people to make formal complaints against a consultant,” Hussen said.

“These changes will protect both Canadians and prospective newcomers as well as the many good-standing consultants that are providing immigration and citizenship services ethically and professionally.

“While practicing law, I have seen the devastating effect that fraud has had on people and I am committed to holding immigration and citizenship consultants to the highest standard.”

The national Canadian daily The Globe and Mail recently did a number of stories exposing the seedy underbelly of immigration rip-off artists and fraudulent immigration consultants who are making millions off the backs of vulnerable would be immigrants, taking thousands of dollars from single applicants looking for work permits on their way to seeking permanent residency in Canada.

The Globe and Mail exposed one Indo-Canadian immigration consultant who has made millions from this supposedly legal racket of charging thousands of dollars from would be immigrants and then not delivering on his promises.

The Globe wrote that according to his former assistant, Kuldeep Bansal, who recently purchased a $11 million dollars Golf Course property in North Delta in hopes of putting a huge banquet hall there, preyed upon the weak and “had them by the necks.”

“Mr. Bansal is a Canadian immigration consultant and international recruiter known for speeding around suburban Vancouver in a Lamborghini. Over the past decade, his agency collected up to $5-million a year from thousands of people who wanted a permanent life in Canada,” the Globe and Mail wrote.

“Eager recruits would borrow and scrape together as much as $15,000 apiece for a chance at one of the “guaranteed” jobs Mr. Bansal advertised for his employer clients. In recent years, those clients included such major fast-food franchises as Subway and Fatburger, as well as Best Western hotels and Mac’s convenience stores, among others.

“Many recruits made initial payments to Mr. Bansal overseas in Dubai or India, in cash, which his former assistant said he brought back to Canada in suitcases. Some waited months for job offers that never materialized. Others got to Canada but found the position they’d been promised didn’t exist.

“Mr. Bansal kept their money anyway, and, in some cases, went after them for more. It has made him a wealthy man. Along with his family, he now has a golf course, a banquet hall and at least $15-million worth of real estate, according to public records,” the Globe and Mail wrote.

“It makes you feel disgusted. Totally sick to the bottom of my belly what had happened and is still happening now,” Mr. Bansal’s former assistant, Arjun Chaudhary told the Globe and Mail. “I was a part of it, to be honest.”

The new law is designed to deal with people like Bansal and put an end to the money gravy train that has made Bansal and many other immigration consultants in the South Asian and other communities multi-millionaires.

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