March is Fraud Prevention Month. We will post a series of articles helping you find out how to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of immigration fraud. Today, let’s take a look at immigration representatives.
Immigration and citizenship representatives are those that give you advice, help you choose the best program, fill out and submit your application, and communicate with the government on your behalf.
Immigration and citizenship representatives can be someone you hire for a service fee (paid representatives) — such as immigration consultants or immigration lawyers. They can also be your friends or family members (unpaid representatives).
“I heard that using an immigration consultant is going to speed up my immigration application or guarantee that it’ll be approved. Is that true?”
- NO. Using a consultant will NOT draw special attention to your application and does NOT mean that IRCC will approve it.
- You can get all the forms and instructions you need to apply for a visa, a permit or citizenship for free on IRCC’s Official website.
- If you follow the instructions, you should be able to fill out the forms and submit them yourself.
Paid representatives must be authorized by the Canadian government.
- If you use an unauthorized representative, in Canada or abroad, IRCC may return your application or refuse it.
- Find out how to check if your representative is authorized.
Beware of representatives who:
- advertise their services as free at first, and later ask you to pay;
- advise you to lie on your application;
- promise you that your application will surely be approved or will be expedited by IRCC if you pay for their services.
Word of the Day:Expedite: to process faster, to speed up
* Information in this article is taken from the official of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC): https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigration-citizenship-representative/learn-about-representatives.html