Bill C-35, An Act to Amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, came into force on June 30th, 2011. Please note that, under this Act, there are new regulations regarding who may be authorized to represent the subject of a proceeding before the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). According to these provisions, the following persons may advise or represent another person before the IRB:
Counsel who were members in good standing of the former Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) on June 30, 2011 may still advise or represent persons before the IRB until October 28, 2011.
The IRB requires that the Counsel Contact Information form be completed and returned to the nearest IRB Registry office to confirm that counsel is authorized to represent the subject of a proceeding before the IRB. If counsel is charging a fee or receiving other consideration, he or she must be authorized to do so under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and related regulations.
If counsel is not charging a fee or receiving other consideration for representing the subject of a proceeding, a Notice of Representation without a Fee or other Consideration form must be completed and returned to the nearest IRB Registry Office.
If the IRB does not receive either form, the counsel may not be allowed to represent the subject of a proceeding before the IRB, and the IRB will consider this person to be unrepresented.