Reminder: Use of Authorized Immigration Representatives

August 1, 2013 - If you use an immigration representative, make sure they are authorized to assist you.

Anyone who provides you with advice as part of an application or immigration proceeding must be an authorized representative.

There are two types of immigration representatives: paid and unpaid.

Paid representatives:

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; and
Immigration consultants who are members in good standing of the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council.
Unpaid representatives


family members;
non-governmental organizations;
religious organizations.
On June 30, 2011, a new law concerning the use of representatives was passed. The aim of the new law is to protect applicants and to ensure that all paid representatives are qualified to assist in often complex immigration matters.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada will not deal with non-authorized immigration representatives.

View a list of services that third-party immigration stakeholders and Visa Application Centres are authorized to provide.

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Canada welcomes first immigrants under new Federal Skilled Trades Program

Toronto, August 16, 2013 — Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today officially welcomed one of the first permanent residents under the new Federal Skilled Trades Program: Eric Byrne, originally from Ireland.

"Our Government remains focused on job creation, economic growth and long-term prosperity," said Alexander. "The new Federal Skilled Trades Program enables us to attract and retain skilled workers

Immigration is about people, not economics

"Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) is currently consulting the public on Canada's future immigration plan. Very few Canadians know about this, and even fewer may participate. Given the consultation design and the questions posed by CIC, perhaps that should not be a surprise.
Some call it cliché while others call it irrefutable fact: our country has been and will continue to be built by immigrants. From economic prosperity to social harmony, the well-being of Canada and its people are intrinsically linked to both our immigration policy and the way immigrants are treated in this country.

Thousands of failed refugees lured home with federal government’s bonus

"The federal government's incentive program offers as much as $2,000 and a one-way plane ticket to failed refugees willing to go home voluntarily.
A year after Ottawa launched a controversial program to pay money to failed refugee claimants for leaving Canada, more than 2,000 people have taken up the offer.
As of June, some 2,157 failed refugees had participated in the federal government's Assisted Voluntary Returns and Reintegration pilot program, which offers as much as $2,000 and a one-way plane ticket to any refugee claimant denied asylum who will voluntarily go home.

Super Visa keeps getting more popular—20,000 and counting!

More than 1,000 Super Visas issued every month

Ottawa, July 11, 2013 — More than 20,000 Parent and Grandparent Super Visas have been issued since the program's launch in December 2011, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today.

"The government is committed to family reunification and the Super Visa provides families with the flexibility to spend longer periods of time with loved ones," said Minister Kenney. "It's an innovative way of giving parents and grandparents the freedom to travel back and forth between Canada and their home country, helping them stay connected with families and friends both in Canada and at home, without the hassle of having to reapply every time."

Special measures for Canadian citizens and temporary and permanent residents affected by the tragedy in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec

Ottawa, July 26, 2013 — To help those directly affected by the tragic explosion and fire in Lac-Mégantic, the Government of Canada will automatically extend or restore the status of temporary residents, including those in Canada to work, study or visit, and provide free replacements of destroyed documents, such as immigration and citizenship status papers, permanent residency cards and Canadian passports, announced Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today.

"What occurred in Lac-Mégantic was a terrible tragedy and our Government is committed to assisting the community to recover,"said Alexander. "These special measures will alleviate the anxiety of individuals who are concerned about their immigration status, and enable Canadians and permanent residents to replace lost or damaged documents at no cost. The measures ensure that residents of Lac-Mégantic have one less thing to worry about, and complement other recent government offers of assistance."

CIC consulting Canadians on immigration levels and mix

"Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced that Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) launched online consultations for public input on immigration levels and mix today.

In addition, Parliamentary Secretary Rick Dykstra is beginning a series of cross-country consultations with stakeholders today, starting in Mississauga.

"Since 2006, the Government of Canada has welcomed the highest sustained levels of immigration in Canadian history," said Minister Kenney. "Given the importance of immigration to our economic growth and long-term prosperity, we are especially keen to hear the views of Canadians as we prepare for the years ahead."

Canada Celebrates World Refugee Day

"Calgary, AB, June 20, 2013 — The Government of Canada has
resettled almost 16,000 refugees to date and is on track to meet its commitment
of resettling 20,000 Iraqis by 2015, Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship,
Immigration and Multiculturalism announced today on World Refugee Day. This
represents the largest single commitment to resettle a refugee population in
over 25 years.

To mark World Refugee Day, Minister Kenney will also participate in a
roundtable with refugees hosted by the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society and
the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary tonight.

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