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Things to remember when seeking immigration advice

Updated: Sep 8, 2020

The immigration process can be confusing and complex. Fortunately there are qualified people who can help. However, choosing the right person can sometimes be daunting.

Unfortunately there are individuals around the world who provide immigration services who are not authorized representatives.

Only authorized representatives are legally allowed to provide immigration services and advice.

Things to Keep in Mind

1) Know who is an Authorized Representative

Only some people can charge you a fee or receive any other type of payment for providing immigration services or advice. These people are called “authorized” representatives:

The Canadian government will not deal with representatives who charge a fee but are not authorized. If you use an unauthorized representative in Canada or abroad, the government may return your application or refuse it.

Remember: if you pay or compensate a representative, in any way, in exchange for their services, the government will consider that a paid service, and therefore the representative must be authorized.

Find out how to check if your representative is authorized.

2) Beware of Fraud

Beware of representatives who:

  • advertise their services as free and later ask you to pay a fee

  • advise you to lie on your application

  • guarantee results

  • say they have influence over government decisions

It’s against the law to give false or misleading information in your application. Doing so can result in the applicant receiving a 5-year ban from Canada.