IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION: THE ELIMINATION OF CONTINGENCY FEES
ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council), the body appointed by the Canadian government to regulate immigration consultants has recently adopted a set of instructions that prohibit all its members from charging contingency fee, i.e. fees that depend on the decisions made by the Immigration authorities rather than on the work of the consultant.
Immigration lawyers and consultants will be remunerated in the future only based on the services they provided, not on the result of the application they filed on behalf of their clients. This is not only an ICCRC requirement, but also a reflection of the Canadian Government’s policy that abhors contingency fees, as they might become incentives for a dishonest representative to try to reach a positive decision by illegal means, such as forged documents, misleading information, etc.
Following the introduction of the new measures (whose application will be strictly supervised), we will adjust accordingly the retainer agreements that we offer to our clients. Generally, our fees will continue to be paid in installments, but the payment will depend exclusively on ours providing the services specific to each case, not/not on the decisions made by the immigration authorities, such as issuing visas or medical forms.
Finally, let us mention that, since the adoption of the above-mentioned instructions, any firm or individual offering agreements that provide for contingency fees, is either a “ghost consultant” that will expose you to direct sanctions from the government for merely retaining his/her services, or a representative who knowingly violates the regulations and is likely to trigger a disciplinary procedure which surely will affect the quality of the services that he/she provides.