Most people take help from an immigration lawyer or consultant or Quebec notary to proceed with their application. These immigration agents can apply for any immigration or citizenship program on your behalf.
In return, they take money for their services, that’s why they are called a paid representative. Your paid representative have to be authorized;
- Lawyers or paralegals and member of Canadian provincial or territorial law society
- Notaries and member of Chambre des notaires du Québec
- Immigration and citizenship consultant and member of Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council
If your paid representative is no one from the above, then the Government of Canada may return or refuse your application. Also, these representatives are considered fraud.
However, you need to be careful of any consultant who advertises their services for free but later asks for money. Also, they may advise you to lie on your application. Due to this, your money and time go in vain.
Here we have outlined about consultant fraud in Canada
How to Find Out an Authorized Representative?
At the start, you may want to ask several people for a recommendation. Make sure to ask more people. Make a shortlist of few representative and check the followings;
- Whether the representative has a license.
- Ask about their training or experience
- Ask details about their services and the fees (Of course)
- Ask for a written contract and make sure to read it carefully before making any decision.
Tips to Recognize Unauthorized or Fraud Representatives
- The representative who represents himself as if he will make sure to approve your application.
- Fraud representative will encourage you to provide false information in your application.
- The representative who holds a diploma only but not registered with ICCRC is not an authorized representative.
- A fraud person will not ask you to sign a retainer agreement or service contract.
- He or she may not ask you to sign a Use of Representative form, which is a Government issued form.
- Never sign any blank application forms.
- Never leave your original documents or photos with the representative.
- Ask for copies of any documents that your representative for you
- Fraud can ask for cash payment as it is not trackable. Get a signed receipt for any payment.
- Fraud may provide you guarantees on the processing time of your application.
- Fraud representative said that they know someone in the immigration department who can help with your application.