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Unlicensed immigration consultant faces sentencing on fraud charges

Canadian investigators allege “many” people gained Canadian citizenship through altered passports and fake stamps obtained from an unlicensed Metro Vancouver immigration consultant set for a sentencing hearing Wednesday. [CA]



Canada launches new immigration certification for international student advisors

Short on time? Here are the highlights:

  • The inaugural entry-to-practice exam has been announced for international student advisors in Canada who wish to become a Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor (RISIA)
  • The exam is available only to those currently employed by recognised education providers in Canada and with three years’ advising experience
  • RISIA registration is now required under Canadian law for international student advisors who wish to provide immigration advice or assistance with immigration matters

We have reported previously on the implications of 2011 amendments to Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Simply put, the amendment makes it illegal for anyone other than an accredited immigration representative to provide advice or otherwise represent a student during an application (or any other process) with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). In this context, in order to be considered “an accredited immigration representative,” the advisor or agent must be a member in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) or a lawyer authorised to practise in Canada. [CA]


Aus government to develop agent code of ethics

The Australian government will fund the development of a code of ethics for education agents working with Australian institutions in order to enhance the quality and reputation of the sector, Minister for Education and Training Christopher Pyne announced last week.



International Students Are Turning Their Back On British Universities, Major Report Warns

More international students are turning their backs on Britain in favour of more "migrant friendly" countries with better post-study work options, a major report has claimed.

More than a quarter (26.8%) of UK prospects decided to study in another country, and a further 5.4% chose to study in their home country, according to The Hobsons International Student Survey, which was published on Tuesday.

Overseas students currently contribute around £7bn to the UK's economy, with many experts claiming some degree courses are only available in the UK because of foreign student enrolment. [read more]



China encouraging overseas universities to accept gaokao exam results

More universities outside of China may soon accept China’s national college entrance exam, the gaokao. Yu Jihai, deputy director of the Division of International Education at the Ministry of Education, confirmed during a conference on education internationalisation in May that the Chinese government is “currently working on having foreign countries recognise the grades of China’s gaokao.” [READ MORE]


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