Anyone Can Be A Representative under Canada’s Immigration Website

By Author: Admin | March 27, 2017

Anyone Can Be A Representative under Canada’s Immigration Website


I’ve written about the Canadian government’s somewhat sinister  view of representatives in the past .

More recently however, government websites attempt to convey information in a dispassionate manner, without favoritism or bias towards or against any group.  The official website of Canada’s immigration department (“www.CIC.GC.CA” or “CIC”), takes this ecumenical view of representatives with much enthusiasm.

Representatives are typically lawyers or immigration consultants.  However, according to  CIC,  representatives may also include, “ family members friends and other third parties “  One can see that from the point of view of CIC, the breadth of representatives  encompasses persons who possess no specialized expertise  or specialized training.  Further CIC asserts, you can entrust your immigration matters not only to a trusted family member or friend, but even to “other third parties”  – Other third parties is so broad a category as to potentially capture anyone.  In other words, anyone can be a representative.

According to CIC,  there are good Samaritans who will even be your representative and charge you no money: “They may give the same services as paid representatives, but they do it for free.”  This calls to mind the case where an unlicensed consultant was allegedly providing free services .  In that case, the Immigration Refugee Board stated, “Either Dr. Ehikwe earns a living doing non-immigration matters and is altruistic to a fault or he is attempting to circumvent section 13.1 of the IRP Regulations.”

The scope of services you may avail yourself of  are described in some detail where the official website for IRCC states,

Others who may help you apply

Some people may help you with other parts of the application process. These people do not need to act as your representative or access your personal information.

For example, someone may help you:

  • use this website to find information [Emphasis Added]
  • access a computer, scanner or printer
  • navigate our e-services
  • view and use electronic forms or to download/upload documents
  • get your documents translated
  • make travel plans or
  • choose and register in courses to study in Canada

The above bullet points when read together  summarize most of  the tasks an unlicenced advisor carries out when  giving advice to someone about Canadian immigration.   The phrase, “use this website to find information” begs the question: to find information about what?  And For what purpose?  The only reason  one would check the CIC website for anything other than to obtain information citizenship or immigration matters would be to obtain advice and guidance about Canada’s immigration programs.

Taken as a whole the above section of the CIC website constitute an invitation to be either self-victimized by self-filing a complex visa application, or an invitation to be victimized by  an unlicensed consultant who is advising applicants apparently for free.  Such unlicensed individuals typically suffer no consequences for providing improper advice.

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