Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Important message about the Canadian education market

Under recent Canadian Regulations, educational agents, whether in Canada or abroad, must be authorized representatives if they provide immigration advice or representation to their clients, even if these activities occur prior to the submission of the application.
Similarly, agents who wish to represent students on immigration matters after their student applications have been submitted need to be authorized representatives.

Authorized representatives for Canadian immigration matters include members of Canadian law societies and the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC)


 This is what the bill states
At its core, the Act amends the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), making it an offence for anyone other than an authorized representative to conduct business, for a fee or other consideration, at any stage of an application or proceeding. This includes the period before a proceeding begins or an application is submitted and means that anyone who provides paid immigration advice at the pre-application stage will need to be an authorized representative, as identified in section 91 of the Act.

Compensated Representatives as identified by the Bill are as follows
Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC)
Lawyers and Quebec Notaries
Student-At-Law (Under guidance)
Paralegal (The province of Ontario only)

Education Agents Abroad.

Education agents, who are often engaged by Canadian Educational Institutions to assist their foreign students, typically charge for their services u to and including sending a signed student permit application to Canadian embassy. Under the regulation such agents must be authorized representatives if they provide immigration advice or representation to their clients even if these activities occur prior to the submission of the application
Similarly, agents who wish to represent students on immigration matters after their student applications have been submitted needs to be authorized representatives.
Education Agents that needs a Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) member in good standing can contact us www.reezsolutions.com.

The bottom line is education agents can only advice strictly on education. They can not advice on visa procurement or filling in of visa application.