Authorized immigration consultants, lawyers, Québec notaries, and paralegals regulated by a law society are people who can offer immigration advice to applicants. Great Canadian Gateway is an Authorized Representative.
Only the following people may charge a fee or receive any other type of consideration, to represent or advise you in connection with a Canadian immigration proceeding or application:
- Immigration consultants who are members in good standing of the ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council) — Great Canadian Gateway is a member in good standing with the ICCRC;
- Lawyers and paralegals who are members in good standing of a Canadian provincial or territorial law society;
- Notaries who are members in good standing of the Chambre des notaires du Québec.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada will not deal with non-authorized immigration representatives who charge for their services. Citizenship and Immigration Canada welcomes dealing with Great Canadian Gateway.
Others Who Offer Paid Immigration Advice
With the coming into force of Bill C-35, on June 30, 2011 anyone who provides paid advice prior to the filing of an application or the commencement of a proceeding must be an authorized representative. This means that some third parties who were not formerly required to be recognized to provide paid advice will now have to refer people to an authorized representative or become authorized themselves. Some examples of paid advice or representation that will now be captured through the implementation of Bill C-35 include:
- representing the applicant during an immigration proceeding by speaking on their behalf.
- providing guidance to a client on how to select the best immigration stream and complete the appropriate forms.