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Immigration Consultants must be Registered

Recent changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) require 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, as designated by the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism

This means it will be illegal for anyone to operate in Canada as an unauthorized representative at any stage of an immigration application or proceeding. There will be some transitioning while applications for registration are submitted to meet this new standard. Eventually, individuals contravention of the IRPA and liable by providing immigration consulting without registration can be  fined of up to $100,000 and/or to imprisonment for up to two years.

Jason Kenney, Canada’s Minister with the authority to designate the regulatory body says the legislation is important because “Crooked immigration consultants pose a threat not only to their victims, but also to the integrity of our immigration system…This new legislation will help us protect people wanting to immigrate to or stay in Canada, as well as the integrity of Canada’s immigration system.”

This improvement will save many would be immigrants from getting incorrect information for large unrecoverable fees.

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