The province of Quebec is amongst the most well-known immigration destinations of the world. For the uninitiated, the renowned Montreal is a major and the most populated city of Quebec. One can migrate to Canada under Quebec Immigration programs. The province offers various Immigration Programs for permanent workers (Quebec skilled Immigration), or for the purpose of doing business (Quebec self employed or Quebec entrepreneur programs), or for an investor (Quebec Immigrant Investor) program.
If you are hiring the services of a paid consultant for Immigration to Quebec, then such an immigration consultant must be an authorized representative. He must have been authorized by the Quebec Government. During February, 2011, the Quebec immigration department introduced a new version of Application for Selection Certificate for businessmen, investors, and permanent workers for the Quebec province. This form contains columns requiring the registration details of the authorized representatives, if you are hiring the services of an Immigration Consultant.
In this new version of Quebec Immigration application form, it is indicated that if the applicant has used any paid Quebec immigration services, within the application framework, then it is essential to provide details regarding the immigration consultant for identification purposes. Moreover, the applicant has to attach the power of attorney – authorizing such a Quebec immigration consultant to represent the client – along with his application.
Applications for a Selection Certificate are submitted to the Quebec Department of Immigration and Cultural Communities. It helps to hire paid immigration representatives as they are best equipped to guide the prospective Quebec Immigrants on complicated and extensive documents requirements. In addition, an authorized representative can deal with the Quebec immigration department and also the follow-up, during the filing and the course of application processing with the Quebec Government Immigration department.
More often than not, this department communicates, or prefers to communicate in French language. Hence, hiring such an authorized representative helps in the overall smooth processing of the Quebec Immigration application. Immigration consultants - not licensed authorized representatives registered with and authorized by Quebec Government or companies not hiring services of such registered authorized representatives - are doing illegal business if they are claiming their ability to counsel and guide you on Quebec Immigration.
Basically, an unauthorized immigration representative is acting as a documentation guide. And, if you wish to hire such a representative, then you might as well file directly as you are not getting any value addition service, nor does such a consultant has any right to follow-up on your behalf. Thus, while taking a final decision on the issue related to filing your Quebec Immigration application, either hire or deal with a company which is associated with a Quebec Government authorized representative.
Here is a summary of benefits that comes your way when you deal with a certified Quebec Immigration Consultant or deal with a company whose clients are serviced by a Quebec Certified authorized Immigration representative:
A Quebec Government certified Immigration consultant is your assurance of quality. The certified consultants are equipped with the latest information on immigration law, procedures and practices, and they go about their business according to a strict, enforceable Code of Conduct. To become certified consultants, one must pass a rigorous application process, which requires evidence of good character, and tests knowledge and language skills. For added security and client protection, certified consultants are fully insured for errors and omissions and can be subject to complaints that are all duly investigated by the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC).
Of late, Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) have taken over as the regulator of immigration consultants in Canada. Accordingly, the reference to the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) has been removed and consultants who are currently members in good standing of the CSIC will be deemed members of the ICCRC. The Council’s mandate is to protect the consumers of immigration consulting services and also ensure the competent and professional conduct of its members.
Thus, you can formally complain to the ICCRC for any misdeed or professional misconduct of a Quebec Authorized Immigration consultant. No such course is available when you hire an unauthorized Immigration representative. In addition, such an unauthorized representative would not have been formally educated in Canadian Immigration laws or gets an opportunity to update knowledge on regular and ongoing basis. What you get is from an unauthorized immigration representative is information available on the internet, something that you are already may be aware of!
The Government of Quebec and related Quebec Immigration office will not deal with non-authorized representatives who are paid a consulting fee for their service. This key benefit and value addition come your way when you deal with an authorized immigration representative, or with a company that offers you the services of such an authorized representative. It is difficult for a busy executive or businessmen to find time to deal directly with immigration agencies.
Much more importantly, such a representative has adequate knowledge of immigration laws to deal effectively with immigration agencies, on your behalf. In addition, such trained and authorized professional can represent you effectively in addressing Quebec Immigration Office queries, refusal and rebuttals.
Please note that effective February 2, 2011, only Quebec-licensed lawyers, notaries and immigration consultants will be entitled to represent clients in Quebec immigration matters. As a result, immigration professionals, including lawyers from other jurisdictions or countries, not licensed in Quebec, are not able to represent clients in Quebec immigration matters, such as temporary foreign work permits and permanent residence applications.
ABHINAV clients are represented by Mr. Yvon Guerin, who meets these specific requirements to represent applicants under Quebec immigration for various Immigration categories, as also with federal Government, through his CSIC/ICCRC membership.
His registration number in the “Registre quebecois der consultants en immigration” is 11067.
His ICCRC number is R411407.
His employment and professional career spanning almost 40 years, includes more than 20 years in the field of Canadian Immigration in general, and Quebec Immigration in particular. Mr. Yvon Guerin has worked with various Quebec Government agencies and has also been self employed. Mr. Guerin worked with Government of Quebec - Ministry of Immigration, as an immigration counsellor for almost 10 years, and during the period his profile and work areas can be summarised as follows:
- Responsibilities abroad: Immigration manager in Hong Kong, Beirut and Rome; in Paris, manager of North Africa; head officer in Buenos Aires, Sao Paolo, Rome and Damascus.
- Responsibilities in Montreal: Manager of Refugee department; Manager of ministerial cases department; sponsorship department; Training of new counsellors; Manager of Middle East zone.
Mr. Guerin brings a lot on table for Quebec destined applicants and he has entered into an agreement with ABHINAV for representing ABHINAV applicants with Quebec Immigration office. When you avail of the services of ABHINAV, you get excellent value addition on account of the following:
- ABHINAV has been of dealing with Quebec Immigration Applications since the year early 2000 and is otherwise in the immigration consulting business since 1994;
- Mr. Guerin has excellent knowledge of Quebec Immigration matters being an ex-officer with Quebec Immigration agencies;
- Mr. Guerin is based in Quebec – a requirement for Immigration consultants who wish to service clients interested in Quebec Immigration.
- Mr. Guerin is an authorised representative and is mentioned on Quebec domain registered for Immigration consultants and with the ICCRC.
If you are hiring the services of a paid consultant for Immigration to Quebec, then such an immigration consultant must be an authorized representative. He must have been authorized by the Quebec Government. The Government of Quebec and related Quebec Immigration office will not deal with non-authorized representatives who are paid a consulting fee for their service.
It is important to note that services of Mr. Yvon Guerin as an authorized representative is optional to our clients. For clients who wish to hire services of a professional who meets the requirements of being a recognized Quebec based authorized representative, an additional fee charge will be levied. If the option to take services of such an authorized representative offered by ABHINAV is not availed by a client, then following should be within knowledge of the clients not availing such services:
- All correspondence – to and from high commission – will be undertaken at the residential address provided by the client.
- ABHINAV as a company cannot represent the client’s interest in dealings with Various Government agencies.
- It goes without saying that even for such clients, ABHINAV can and will prepare the file as also guide on all documentation and forms preparation areas as also guide you through the entire Quebec process while application is being processed.