HOW DOES BILL C-35 AFFECT EDUCATION AGENTS?
In 2011, the Government of Canada passed new legislation—Bill C-35—that makes it illegal for anyone other than an accredited Immigration representative to provide advice or otherwise represent a client during an application or proceeding with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).
|What you can do||What you can’t do|
|Direct someone to the CIC website to find information on Immigration programs.||Explain or provide advice on someone’s immigration options.|
|Direct someone to the CIC website to find immigration application forms.||Provide guidance to a client on how to select the best immigration stream.|
|Direct someone to an authorized immigration representative.||Complete and submit immigration application forms on a student’s behalf.|
|Provide translation services.||Communicate with CIC & CBSA on a clients behalf.|
|Provide courier services.||Represent a client in an immigration application or proceeding.|
|Provide medical services.||Advertise that you can provide immigration advice for consideration.|
|Make travel arrangements.|
|Advise an international student on how to select their courses or register for program.||Source: Citizenship & Immigration Canada.|
Education agents cannot charge student fees for helping complete their student visa application forms, compile supporting documents and submit the applications on the student’s behalf to a Canadian visa office under Bill C-35. Thus, International student agencies are not authorized to assist with study permits to Canada.
According to Canadian law, it is illegal for education agents / consultants either in Canada or overseas who are not recognized by Citizenship & Immigration Canada to provide study permit assistance or Immigration advice for a fee. Only ICCRC members, Lawyers and a few others are authorized to do so.
If an International student agent is also an ICCRC member / lawyer he can do so.
We are ICEF certified Education Agents and a Canada Course Graduate bearing No: CCG00053. You can see our listing at http://www.icef.com/en/icef-agents/ccea/ccg-finder/ccg-list/.
We are Licensed Immigration Consultants authorized by the Canadian Government to advise, represent and consult on Immigration matters bearing Membership No: R416183 from the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. www.iccrc-crcic.ca.
If you are a student and want someone to help you with your study permit, you need to make sure that the person is recognized by Citizenship & Immigration Canada as an Authorized representative to process your visa application.
We are authorized Consultants under Canadian Legislation Bill C-35 to advise students on their Immigration options in Canada as well as apply for a Study permit by completing their visa applications on a Student’s behalf unlike other education agents.
We at WIC can do both as authorized Education and Immigration consultants!
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