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The Foreign Worker and Immigration Services Act (FWRISA) discourages unethical practices and protects foreign workers from exploitation and mistreatment during the recruitment and immigration process. It also brings transparency and accountability to immigration consulting and recruitment services.
Immigration consultants and foreign worker recruiters have a number of legal responsibilities.
It is illegal to:
Violating the FWRISA can result in your licence being revoked, fines up to $50,000 for an individual and $100,000 for a company and, in extreme cases, up to one year in jail for an individual.
Licensees are subject to audit to ensure compliance with the FWRISA and to investigation if complaints are made of possible FWRISA violations.
As a foreign worker recruiter or an immigration consultant, you must prepare the following records and maintain them for at least five years:
The records must be stored at your principal place of business in Saskatchewan. If your principal place of business is outside Saskatchewan, these records must be sent to the Government of Saskatchewan's immigration branch upon request. A translated copy must accompany any requested record not in English.
These records must be sent to the Government of Saskatchewan if you are audited. A copy translated into English must accompany any required records.
Immigration Consultants and Foreign Worker Recruiters must be licensed under The Foreign Worker and Recruitment Services Act (FWRISA) before they can practice in Saskatchewan.
You may apply for one or both of the Immigration Consultant Licence or the Foreign Worker Recruiter Licence, as long as you meet the requirements.
To be eligible for an Immigration Consultant Licence in Saskatchewan, you will need to:
If you are a member in good standing of a provincial or territorial law society in Canada you can submit Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) applications on behalf of your clients. To request access to the application system, please send an email with your full name, contact information (address, phone number and email) and law society membership number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be advised that your standing in a provincial or territorial law society in Canada will be verified when your request is received.
The current list of Licensed Immigration Consultants identifies all the individuals who are authorized to provide immigration consulting services to foreign nationals coming to Saskatchewan. The list includes licensees/individuals who have met all licensing requirements and posted $20,000 in financial security which can be used to compensate individuals who have incurred a financial loss as a result of a violation of FWRISA by a recruiter or immigration consultant.Download the Licensed Immigration Consultants list
To be eligible for a Foreign Worker Recruiter Licence in Saskatchewan, you will need to:
The current list of Licensed Foreign Worker Recruiters identifies all the individuals who are authorized to provide foreign worker recruiting services to foreign nationals coming to Saskatchewan. The list includes licensees/individuals who have met all licensing requirements and posted $20,000 in financial security which can be used to compensate individuals who have incurred a financial loss as a result of a violation of FWRISA by a recruiter or immigration consultant.Download the Licensed Recruiters list
To make your application online, you'll need to:
FWRISA helps ensure services to foreign workers are provided ethically. Below are important practices that should be followed when you are providing services to foreign workers and employers:
Your client must sign a contract that specifies the services to be provided, along with the corresponding fees.
All contracts must meet the following requirements:
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