You can choose to be represented in your immigration process; however, it is not necessary.

No priority or special treatment will be granted to you if you use the services of an immigration professional.

Persons authorized to represent you

You can decide to be represented by a person you pay or do not pay. In either case, you must declare that someone is representing you.

Unpaid persons who can represent you

You can be represented by someone you do not pay, such as:

  • a family member;
  • a friend.

Paid persons who can represent you

You can decide to use the services of someone you pay. In this case, only the following people are authorized to represent you:

General notice

Be vigilant in your choice of immigration consultant by taking care to choose one recognized by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration. To report immigration fraud, contact us.

Declare that a person represents you

You must declare to the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration when a person represents you. By failing to declare that a person represents you:

  • your request could be rejected;
  • you could commit an offence and be subject to a fine.

Regardless of the nature of your immigration application, you must:

  • indicate in your application that a person represents you;
  • identify this person;
  • send a power of attorney.

Send a power of attorney

A power of attorney is the contract by which you appoint someone to represent you and act on your behalf. Therefore, you are the mandator. The person who agrees to represent you is your mandatary.

The powers of your mandatary extend not only to what is stipulated in the power of attorney but also to everything that arises from it.

The power of attorney ends if:

  • the date stipulated in the power of attorney has occurred;
  • you and the mandatary have fulfilled all of your obligations;
  • an event makes it impossible for the mandate to be executed;
  • you revoke the power of attorney;
  • your mandatary renounces the power of attorney;
  • you or your mandatary die.

You are responsible for informing the Ministry of any change regarding a power of attorney in your file. The Ministry accepts no responsibility in this respect.

How to submit a power of attorney

You can submit the power of attorney at any time, even after paying the fees to process your application.

How to submit the power of attorney depends on the program you are applying to:

  • Foreign Students Program: The representation mandate must be submitted online via the Arrima platform.
  • Programme de l’expérience québécoise (Québec Experience Program): You must follow the procedure to declare that a person represents you on the Arrima platform.
  • Regular Skilled Worker Program: In addition to the power of attorney, you must also send the Declaration of the candidate for immigration form (PDF 562 Kb) (in French only) by mail.

For all other immigration programs, you must send your power of attorney by mail to the following address:

  • Direction de l’enregistrement et de l’évaluation comparative
    Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration
    285, rue Notre-Dame Ouest, 4e étage
    Montréal (Québec)  H2Y 1T8
    CANADA

You can submit the power of attorney at any time, even after paying the fees to process your application.