Further to our discussion at the June 10th, IPSEA AGM, here is the latest
information from the governing body – ICCRC - regarding CIC’s position.
After several meetings between the ICCRC, 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 enable the ICCRC to better protect students and
others seeking immigration-related advice or representation, and ensure that any
advice or representation they receive comes only from a representative authorized
For more information please contact ICCRC.
President & CEO