Helpful Tips for Using a Representative for Canada Immigration

Helpful Tips for Using a Representative for Canada Immigration

Unsurprisingly, Canada is the most popular immigration destination for skilled professionals, students, families, and entrepreneurs. Many potential immigrants hire paid representatives or consultants to process their immigration, study visa, or citizenship applications. It may seem straightforward, but hiring a visa agent can become a nightmare when they are not authorized or licensed to provide immigration advice.

Only lawyers, notaries, and a consultant licensed by the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants (CICC) can provide immigration services for a fee. It means that immigration representation can only be done by the members in good standing of:

  • A Canadian provincial or territorial law society 
  • the Chambre des notaires du Québec 
  • the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants

Please note that as of November 23, 2021, the College of Immigration and Citizenship Consultants is the official regulator of immigration consultants. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will not accept applications submitted by unlicensed consultants.

Be cautious while choosing an immigration representative.

  • Make sure to do thorough background research before choosing an agent. You may check their website, read online reviews, and visit their office to know their credibility.
  • Ask someone you trust for a recommendation.
  • Ask questions about the representative’s experience, education, and training in the immigration industry.
  • Check whether the representative is authorized to represent your case to the IRCC.
  • Never hand over your case to anyone who does not care to answer your queries. 
  • Discuss the range of services they provide and at what price.

Tips to safeguard yourself from immigration fraud

  • Don’t believe in anything that sounds too good to be true.
  • Stay away from agents that give you fake promises or encourage you to submit misleading information.
  • Never leave your original documents with your agent.
  • Don’t sign any document without reading it carefully.
  • Get copies of all documents or agreements you’ve signed. 
  • Avoid agents who claim to be the officials of the IRCC or any other Canadian immigration office.
  • Do not hand over your case to anyone who gives illegal advice.

For more information, you can connect with our immigration experts at 8595338595 or [email protected]

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