July 09, 2010
NEWSLETTER

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REGULATION ON IMMIGRATION CONSULTANT
The regulation has finally been ratified in its original version with the exception of lawyers who are members of a Provincial Bar. While there is no immediate effect of this new regulation in filing Quebec applications, this shall eventually have an impact which will require further information and analysis.

A meeting is scheduled next week with the MICC and we hope that further information will be available.
IMPORTANT DATES
  1. November 4th, 2010: introduction of the new regulation on immigrant consultant;
  2. February 2nd, 2011: Deadline for obtaining accreditation as an immigration consultant;
  3. Additional 12 months after obtaining accreditation to pass Quebec exam on immigration ;
  4. Additional 24 months after accreditation to meet the French language requirement;

 

HI-LITES OF THE NEW REGULATION
  • The Regulation applies those who work for a fee.  However, beginning February 2nd, 2011, applicants will have to declare to the MICC whether they use a consultant and the name of that consultant;
  • Quebec lawyers, notaries and those with a special authorization are not concerned with this new regulation;
  • To qualify as a consultant,  you need to register your business in Quebec, be a member of good standing of CSIC or its replacement,  have no track records for false information or committing an offence to the Quebec immigration rules and regulations in last three years, pass the Quebec exam on immigration rules  and have a knowledge of French;
  • Pay an application fee of $1000 valid for two years.
  • MICC will keep a registry of all consultants authorized to practice in Quebec, as well as those whose license is either suspended or revoked
  • Consultants must:
    • Obtain a written mandate from their clients stating the purpose and remuneration and provide a copy to the client;
    • Confirm in writing to the MICC that he has taken all the necessary measures to ensure that documents and information are genuine and truthful;
    • Within 30 days, inform the MICC of any changes to his address in Quebec or his status as an immigration consultant;
    • The consultant cannot make false representation to clients
    • The consultant cannot, directly or indirectly, provide information to the MICC information thee consultant knows being false or misleading.
    • Any violation of these obligations constitutes an offense.
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