Quebec as you may all know has always had its own special laws, this also includes Quebec Immigration, although Quebec is a province in Canada, not everyone is authorized to practice Quebec Immigration Law, the requirements to practice Quebec Immigration Law is demanding, and requirements need to be met by the Immigration Consultant who wishes to practice Quebec Immigration Law.
A Regulated Immigration Consultant who is a member in good standing with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) also needs to be registered with the Registre Quebecois des Consultants en Immigration.
Being a Regulated Immigration Consultant and a member in good standing of ICCRC does not give you the legal right to practice Quebec Immigration.
The Immigration Consultant retained must be recognized and registered with the Registre of Quebec, this new law took place on February 2, 2011. The Ministere of Quebec will only deal with duly authorized individuals.
You may find the list of qualified Immigration Consultants on the Quebec Immigration website, here is the link for you to verify to make sure your Consultant is registered with the Quebec Government.
If you see that your consultant is not on the list, well then it only tells you that your Consultant is not authorized to practice Quebec Immigration Law.
Although your consultant maybe a member in good standing with ICCRC, they can practice immigration law elsewhere in Canada except Quebec.
There are 2 forms that the client and the consultant needs to fill out when sending out a file under any category in the Quebec Program, first form is called Power of Attorney-Mandate form number A-0525-AA, this form needs to be signed by the client and the consultant who is on the Registre du Gouvernement du Quebec and the second form which is only available in French is the Attestation du Consultant en Immigration form no. A-0525-BF, this form is filled out only by the consultant indicating your consultants name, client’s name and the Registration Quebec number of the consultant.
It is very important you as the client to be aware of this law which came into force on February 2, 2011 and to verify your file before it leaves to the immigration authorities and to make sure these two forms mentioned above are included with your consultants full name, address and the Quebec Registration number.
If you have any doubts about your consultant you may check on the link provided if your consultant is registered with Quebec or not.
Maria Cottone is registered with Quebec Immigration and practices in all categories and programs in Quebec Immigration.
Only an Immigration Consultant member of ICCRC and is also registered with Quebec Immigration may practice Quebec Immigration Law