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January 14,2020

Why do ghost consultants continue to operate? Do you even need a representative?

Posted by Admin - CPRP

Question: I read a lot about “unauthorized representatives/ghost consultants” in the media and I would like to know your opinion on this issue. Why do ghost consultants continue to operate? Do you even need a representative?

Answer: CIC / Minister of Immigration does many announcements in order to aware applicants not to get into the trap of these ghost agents and many efforts are also taken by the Canada immigration government such an initiative is National Immigration Protection Day, which aims to stop ghost agents from exploiting innocent immigrant applicants. But as I have been writing and updating people through many media including social media for a long time, but I think it is not enough and more is needed. Now the question comes how?

One, all paid services regarding the advice, counselling, preparation and presentation before a citizenship, refugee and/or immigration application is filed should be lawfully restricted to authorized representatives. The current legal position is that work prior to an application being filed does not require an authorized representative and it is not unlawful to charge a fee. This is the part where ghost agents’ function because they do everything without lawful consequence and in this way their name get placed on the final product.

Two, Currently the position of the immigration Department’s is that you cannot expect faster processing or a more favourable result with the use of a representative. Does counsel’s work to avoid improperly or incomplete filings not assist in faster processing? Does counsel’s work to effectively and comprehensively present certain legal and factual arguments not lead to a more favourable outcome? Of course they do, each and every day and that reality should be reflected. The public relation campaign focuses on ghost agents and offers no information of how authorized representatives can meaningfully assist. This negative messaging goes a long way to suggesting “anyone” can prepare an immigration application and demeans the highly skilled individuals who help clients throughout the world each day. Again, this opens the door for the unscrupulous to prey on the vulnerable.