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    Consultants not needed For Canadian Immigration !!!!

    Immigration consultant not
    really needed, says Canada Embassy

    But if you hire one, these are the things you
    should pay attention to...


    • Majorie van

    Published Wednesday, December 26, 2012

    “You do not need to hire an immigration representative,” said a Citizenship
    and Immigration Canada (CIC) spokesperson to this website.

    “It is up to you. Your application will not be given special attention or
    guaranteed approval if you use one.”

    According to the CIC all the forms and information that is needed to apply
    for a visa are available free on the CIC website, and if you follow the
    instructions in the application guide, anyone should be able to complete the
    application forms and submit them without any assistance.

    Between 2009 and 2011 a total of 736, 336 visa and 399 work permit
    applications were approved by the Canadian government for UAE residents.

    Many applicants in the UAE apply through an immigration consultancy company
    every year.

    the opening of the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP),
    aspirants who do opt to seek the help of an immigration consultant are advised
    to pay attention to a couple of things.


    Whether an immigration consultancy firm or other representative is
    accredited by the government can easily be verified, says the CIC.

    “Foreign consultants can register in Canada and do so through the
    Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), which in 2011 was
    designated as the regulator of immigration consultants,” notes the CIC

    “Under Canadian law, it is an offence for anyone other than an authorised
    representative to advise or represent, for a fee or other consideration, at any
    stage of an application or proceeding.”

    Thus, in order to make sure that your application is in good hands,
    checking the accreditation is the first step. This can be done by viewing the
    list of accredited companies on the CIC

    If a company is not authorised to act as a representative of the Canadian
    government, the company cannot be held liable for its practice under the
    Canadian law.

    “CIC will not deal with non-authorised immigration representatives who
    charge for their services,” said the CIC spokesperson.

    When an applicant is not satisfied with the services of an immigration
    consultant and finds out this consultant was not authorised to deliver the
    services, this case should be referred to the Department of Economic Development
    (DED) Dubai.

    “Since becoming the Minister of Immigration, Citizenship and
    Multiculturalism in 2008, Minister Kenney has called upon officials in foreign
    countries where immigration fraud is most prevalent to take stronger enforcement
    action against such fraud. He has urged those governments to protect their
    citizens from exploitation and abuse by unscrupulous immigration
    representatives,” said the CIC spokesperson.


    However, most companies in Dubai are accredited by the Canadian government
    to act as representatives.

    Yet, there are hundreds of applicants who are unsatisfied with the services
    they had paid thousands of dirhams for. Many of these applicants never made it
    to Canada, and they feel that they were cheated by the companies.

    website has reported of several such complaints
    , and immigration consultants
    have responded to these complaints

    Asked which role the Canadian Embassy plays in addressing these complaints,
    the CIC spokesperson said that given the fact that Canada cannot directly
    investigate in matters in other countries, the investigation and prosecution of
    third parties residing abroad is challenging.

    However, monthly inspections are carried out and the consultants are
    frequently asked to adapt their policies, rules and regulations or

    “The accreditation of immigration representatives is managed by the
    regulatory body to which the consultant, lawyer, paralegal or notary belongs
    (e.g., the appropriate Canadian provincial or territorial law society, ICCRC, or
    the Chambre des notaires du Québec). It would be up to them to revoke the
    person’s accreditation,” explains the spokesperson.

    “If you know your immigration representative broke the law while
    representing you, they could be charged under the Immigration and Refugee
    Protection Act, the Criminal Code of Canada or the laws of your country of

    “If the law they broke was immigration-related (for example, if your
    immigration representative submitted fraudulent documents with your
    application), immediately contact the CIC office processing your application or
    the Canada Border Services Agency.

    “If your immigration representative has defrauded you personally (for
    example, if they charged you a fee, but did not fulfill what was promised or
    refuse to return your passport without another fee), contact your local law
    enforcement agency,” advises the CIC spokesperson.

    Being among the early Canadian Immigration Law Firms, Bayat Legal Services
    has been located next to the Canadian Consulate for 19 years. “We see dozens of
    applicants every year requesting for help regarding there Canadian Immigration
    file,” says Pej Mohyeddin, who works at the office as an Immigration &
    Business Consultant.

    “Unfortunately though, they would come to see us only after having their
    consultant file the application and collect money from them.”

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    In many cases, there is not much that can be done, because often are the
    fees paid and services delivered in compliance with the contract, which was
    voluntarily signed by the applicant.

    With the accreditation confirmed and the relation between consultant and
    applicant defined in contractual terms, the unscrupulous activities that are
    often referred to become more of a grey area.

    Many applicants have complained of unethical practices, such as
    manipulation, time-pressure, raising false hope or accepting applications while
    the category the applicant would apply for is closed at the moment of

    “Members of ICCRC must adhere to the Code
    of Professional Ethics
    ,” comments the CIC spokesperson. This Code can be
    viewed on the website
    of CIC

    However, it is not clear whether immigration consultants can be held liable
    when these ethics are not adhered to.

    What CIC does point out, is that the authorised immigration consultant
    alone is permitted to be involved with the applicant at any stage of the
    application process.

    At consultancy companies, the authority to act as a representative is
    likely to be given to the person in charge of that company only. The employees
    in that company are therefore not authorized to deal with the applicant on a
    representative basis.

    “There are requirements that all representatives used at any stage of an
    immigration application or proceeding be members in good standing of a
    provincial bar, the Chambre des notaires du Québec, or the governing body for
    immigration consultants (ICCRC). This makes it illegal for anyone to operate in
    Canada as an unauthorized representative at any stage of an immigration
    application or proceeding,” says the CIC spokesperson.

    “In general, if a third party does not advise or represent for a fee, they
    do not need to be an authorised representative. However, if a third party
    provides immigration advice or representation for a fee to a client, he/she must
    be an authorized immigration representative.”

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