March 26, 2012

Disclosure of Paid Advisors and Representatives

Posted by admin - Bellissimo Law Group PC

The Immigration Section has made submissions regarding the potential impact of amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations that compel disclosure of paid advisors and representatives in all immigration applications.

Key issues:

–    We have expressed concern that the amended Regulations, if interpreted broadly by CIC and CBSA officers, could lead to violation of solicitor-client privilege and the lawyer’s duty of confidentiality in cases where a lawyer has been consulted or retained to advise.
–    We address the requirement to disclose paid representatives and advisors.
–    We discuss problems with the Use of Representative form.

This submission is posted on the CBA website at the following link: