If an individual or company represents you in your Canadian immigration application or appeal for a fee, you shall verify their authorization before giving the money to them.
Canadian law only authorizes the following people to act as your paid representative:
- A lawyer of a Canadian province or territory’s law society,
- A notary of the Chambre des notaries de Quebec (in Quebec),
- A Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, and
- A paralegal of the Law Society of Ontario (in Ontario only).
At the time when you pay, they must be an active member with good standing of one of the above regulatory bodies.
Note that you can still have an unpaid representative such as friends, family members, or other organizations. However, they must not charge you for a fee or any other forms of consideration.
Things to keep in mind when you use an unauthorized representative:
- You could be a victim of immigration fraud.
- When you have disputes with the unauthorized representative, i.e., missing a deadline, hidden fees, you will not get protection from one of the above regulatory bodies.
- You could be found misrepresentation in your immigration application, which will lead to a 5-year ban.
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