There are two types of immigration representatives: unpaid and paid.
An unpaid representative is a person or organization that does not charge a fee for the service to represent you. Examples of unpaid representatives are: family members, friends, or members of non-governmental or religious organizations.
If you choose to use a paid representative, the YNP will only recognize paid representatives who are members of:
• A Canadian provincial or territorial law society (e.g. lawyers);
• Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) or
• The Chambre des notaires du Québec.
Members of these organizations are required to conduct themselves according to ethical and professional standards.
If you choose to use an immigration representative, you should ask the representative for references and make sure your representative is a member of one of the associations listed above. You can learn more about who can be an immigration representative on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada or the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) website.