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Immigration consultant cheated you? This council could help

By Majorie van Leijen

Although not really required, an immigration consultant is a popular person to turn to when people want to submit a ‘perfect’ file indicating their wish to migrate to a foreign country.

Led by the belief that the consultant will guide the applicant to a successful application, several thousands of dirhams are dished out before the service is even provided.

Along the way, applicants are known to pay amounts adding up to Dh10,000.

In certain cases, the applicant ends up disappointed with the services provided.

Not only does the assistance not lead to the anticipated success, but services are also often delivered in poor quality, if delivered at all.

Of course, the doom scenario is not for everybody, and reliable immigration consultants and lawyers are aplenty, also in the UAE.

The Global Residence and Citizenship Council (GRCC) is a new body that has been established that will deal with, among other things, transparency in the migration industry.

“There was a great need for a unified voice,” said Armand Arton, president and CEO, Arton Capital, which is among the founding members of the council.

“The GRCC will protect the reputation of the industry and serve as solid ground for the development and maintenance of best industry practices,” the CEO commented.

“The creation of this council was in need for many years. More transparency is required in the industry, and with this council we aim to form a bridge between those who migrate and the parties involved in making this happen.”

The dubious practices of immigration consultants will certainly be a topic of concern for the council, Armand explained.

“Migrants do not have anywhere to turn to when they feel cheated, and these practices go on unmonitored. We are hoping to fill this gap.”

Other objectives of the council will be dissemination of information about global migration trends, giving advice on government policies and second residence and citizenship planning strategies.

In January, the GRCC will commence its activities. Participating parties will be tasked with the management of the council on rotating order, starting with the appointment of Wealth-X.

The parties involved are Wealth-X, the Centre for Global Dialogue and Cooperation (CGDC), the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC), CS Global Partners, Arton Capital, and Confederation Partners.