Last year, Citizenship and Immigration Canada ("CIC")
published a notice on its website, which
provided valuable guidance regarding the giving of immigration
advice. It states that due to changes in Canada's immigration
law, many stakeholders are now required to be members of a
prescribed regulatory body if they wish to provide immigration
services to clients, including immigration advice.
According to the notice, the stakeholders affected include: (1)
travel agents, (2) employment agents and recruiters, (3) human
resources ("HR") professionals, (4) educational agents,
(5) adoption agencies, and (6) live-in caregivers' agents. The
notice further states that these stakeholders should not perform
any of the following tasks:
They should not explain and/or advise on someone's
They should not guide a client on how to select the best
They should not complete and/or submit immigration forms on a
They should not communicate with CIC or the Canada Border
Services Agency on a client's behalf (except for the direct
translation of a client's written or spoken submissions).
They should not represent a client in an immigration
application or proceeding.
They should not advertise that they can provide immigration
advice for consideration.
HR personnel cannot complete application forms, such as work
permits and visa applications, on behalf of workers recruited.
CIC is clearly warning stakeholders not to engage in the
unauthorized practice of law. It is also of the opinion that merely
advising someone on their immigration options can be considered
unauthorized practice. Despite this warning, it remains to be seen
whether the above stakeholders will refrain from performing these
tasks in the future.
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
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