The Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) was an independent, not-for-profit, self-regulatory body for immigration consultants. It was incorporated on 8 October 2003 and became law from 1 April 2004. All practising immigration consultants in Canada prior to June 30, 2011, had to be members in good standing with the CSIC, a Canadian law society, or the Chambre des Notaires du Québec in order to participate in new matters before Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Canadian Border Services Agency.
CSIC lost their mandate to Regulate Immigration Consultants when The Minister of Immigration, Jason Kenney, using the powers delegated to him by Bill C-35, named a new Regulator effective June 30, 2011. Members of CSIC in good standing as of June 30, 2011, were automatically Members of the new Regulator, ICCRC.
'As of June 30, 2011 the Government of Canada does not recognize CSIC as the regulator for Immigration Consultants.'
CSIC had in place, until June 30, 2011 the following:
- The CSIC required members to adhere to a Code of Conduct.
- The CSIC used to require and provided Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for the Membership.
- The CSIC used to investigate complaints about its members prior to June 30, 2011.
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