THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA HAS CLARIFIED THE ROLE OF STUDENT ADVISORS WITH RESPECT TO CANADIAN IMMIGRATION MATTERS AND STUDIES IN CANADA.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and other stakeholders; CIC has clarified Section 91 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) as it affects International Student Advisors in Canada and Education Agents abroad, saying:
Education agents, recruiters and employees at educational institutions, who are paid to provide services to their clients, are prohibited from providing advice to students… with regard to immigration applications, such as visas or student and work permits. As a result, they may not explain or advise a person on their immigration options, complete and submit immigration forms on a client’s behalf, communicate with CIC on a client’s behalf (except for the direct translation of a client’s written or spoken submissions), represent a client in an immigration application or advertise that they can provide immigration advice.
This makes clear that IRPA does not permit International Student Advisors or Education Agents to represent or advise students or anyone else on immigration matters. This clarification will ensure that any advice or representation students receive comes only from a representative authorized under Canadian law.
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