WHO CAN REPRESENT YOU?
Authorized immigration consultants, lawyers, Québec notaries, and
paralegals regulated by a law society are people who can offer immigration
advice to applicants. Some applicants may choose to use such a representative
to act on their behalf with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC),
the Immigration and Refugee Board or the Canada Border Services Agency.
There are two types of immigration representatives: paid and unpaid.
Only the following people may charge a fee or receive any other type of
consideration, to represent or advise you in connection with a Canadian
immigration proceeding or application:
- lawyers and paralegals who are members in good standing of a Canadian
provincial or territorial law society
- Notaries who are members in good standing of the Chambre des notaires
du Québec, and
- Immigration consultants who are members in good standing of the
Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council
The Government of Canada will not deal with non-authorized immigration
representatives who charge for their services.
NEW: Other people who offer paid immigration advice
With the coming into force of Bill C-35, anyone who provides paid advice
prior to the filing of an application or the commencement of a proceeding will
need to be an authorized representative. This means that some third parties
who were not formerly required to be recognized to provide paid advice will
now have to refer people to an authorized representative or become authorized
themselves. Some examples of paid advice or representation that will now be
captured through the implementation of Bill C-35 include:
- representing the applicant during an immigration proceeding by
speaking on their behalf.
- providing guidance to a client on how to select the best immigration
stream and complete the appropriate forms.
Unpaid third parties, such as family members, friends,
non-governmental or religious organizations will still be allowed to act on
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